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    If your room feels drafty, inspect your doors and windows for any gaps! Replace old weatherstripping to ensure the cooler temperatures stay outside and the warmth of your home remains inside. You can also use door sweeps, which makes an entryway warmer ad helps regulate indoor temperatures.


    Replacing a dirty filter can save around 15% of your utility bill! Check your filter monthly and change it when it becomes dirty (every 3-5 years). When it is clogged, lack of air flow will trap heat in your system and can overheat! Avoid this by changing your filter when needed.


    Reversing your fan to clockwise pushes warm air down into your space! You want to make sure that you keep your fan at a low speed, this helps the air adjust the temperature of the room. This redistributes air from your heating system and assures that cold air will not settle into corners of the room.


    The longer the door to your refrigerator is open, the cooler air escapes and is replaced with warm air. This means your home energy is being wasted! An open door can cause a 7% increase in your energy use, meaning a higher bill. By simply checking that the door is sealed and closed, you can save money and extend the life of your refrigerator!style="float:right; margin:10px 5px; width:40%"


    Leaves and debris can choke off crucial airflow, making it difficult for your HVAC to disperse heat. Having debris in your system can decrease its efficiency, making your utility bill higher. You can avoid this by regularly raking leaves near your HVAC unit, air blow the HVAC cabinet, trim limbs hanging down near the HVAC, and use an HVAC cover if your system is not in use.


    Your water heater uses 12% of your home energy every month. If you drain 1-2 gallons a year out of your water heater, it will decrease sediment build up! It is recommended to set the temperature between 115 and 120 degrees. You should also make sure your exposed hot water lines are insulated.


    Kids are busy during the day. This means accidents, sports practices, school, dance, and other various activities can create messes. While it can be hard to juggle all the things during the day, know that doing laundry during the chaos is not worth it! Waiting to do your laundry at the end of the day is the most energy and cost efficient. You want to wash after peak hours, so after 7 PM. Washing an entire load is also more efficient since it takes the same amount of energy to do a large load as it does a small load.


    Keeping the lights off and blinds closed in your kids’ bedrooms and playrooms is not only energy efficient but can save you money on your utility bill! Doing this simple task keeps your home at a comfortable temperature for when your children return home from school and want to play in their space. Keeping the lights off also extends the life of your light bulbs!


    Unplugging your children’s devices while they’re at school can save lots of energy and decrease your utility bill! Unplugging throughout the day eliminates what is known as “phantom load”. This is when electricity is consumed by devices on standby mode or not completely turned off. Unplugging your kids’ devices can also protect the longevity of the device itself.

    Did you know you can save 5-15% by lowering your thermostat in your home while your kids are at school? The longer the temperature is down a few degrees, the more energy you will save! This also means you will have a decreased utility bill and can use the money saved for a treat with your kids.


    Want to decrease your energy usage and utility bill by 20-48%? Use smart power strips! These detect when devices are in standby mode (not in use) and cuts the power off to them. You can use these strips for living room entertainment centers, home offices, and rooms with multiple electronics. You can potentially save around $133 a year by the smart strip cutting off power to electronics not in use! You can find these strips online for a very reasonable price. Make this easy switch and watch how much you save!


    By unplugging your devices, you can save roughly $100-200 a year! You can unplug easy to reach items such as your coffee maker, phone charger, computer, and television (if you're on a long vacation). Unplugging these can save 5-10% of your electric bill and can protect your devices from power surges. (Make sure to leave any power strips and the hard-to-reach items such as your oven plugged in).


    Cleaning or replacing a clogged filter can lower your A/C energy consumption by 5-15%! You can save around 7.5% a month on your utility bill with this easy fix! To deep clean your filter, take it out and soak it in one-part water, one-part white vinegar. Let it sit for one hour. Take it out and allow it to completely dry before putting it back in- it is that easy! Why strain your HVAC system and your wallet when you can do this easy cleaning and save?


    A constant running toilet can waste up to 8 gallons an hour or 200 gallons of water a day! This can add an average of $70 to your utility bill! Signs that your toilet is leaking are running water after flushing, the toilet running longer than normal, increased water bill, and noises coming from the toilet. You can test for leakage by opening your tank, dropping a dye tablet or food coloring into the tank and waiting for 15-20 minutes. If the color has spread to the bowl, you have a leak. Contact a local plumber or look up ways to easily fix your leaking toilet and save money on your utility bill!


    A leaking faucet can cause a major increase in your utility bill. Check to see if your faucets are leaking by turning the water on and looking for seeping around the base of the faucet. This leak is caused by an internal O-ring that is dried or cracked. This is a simple fix, you can watch videos on YouTube or call a plumber for assistance.


    Want to save money and cut your dryer time in half? Use wool or rubber dryer balls to absorb moisture from your clothing and linens! This cuts the drying time by 25-50%, causing a decrease in your utility bill! These dryer balls are inexpensive and can help the overall air distribution in the dryer.


    Leaky duct work in your attic can reduce heating and cooling of your home by 20%, meaning a higher utility bill. You can detect leaks in your ductwork by noticing uneven cooling of your home, an increased bill with the same amount of usage, no dust collection in the ductwork, and if your living space feels stuffy. If there is a leak, install insulation to keep the duct work secured or hire a professional to inspect and install the insulation.


    Why waste energy on using your dryer when you can cut costs by hanging up your clothes? This easy and cost-effective way of drying clothing saves an average of 20% of energy used. Air drying also saves money on your monthly utility bill! A bonus is that it extends the life of your clothing by decrease wear and tear from the dryer.

    by Taylor Stubblefield

    By caulking or weather-stripping your doors and windows, you can save energy and excessive A/C usage! You can detect air leaks in your doors and windows by shutting a door on a dollar bill, then pull it out without dragging means you are losing energy. Seal up your doors and windows and SAVE 5-10% on your utility bill!

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