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4 Ways to Save on Energy Costs

There are plenty of things that you can do to improve the aesthetics and functionality of your home, but it's just as important to make improvements that will save you money. We all want to find more ways to save money and starting with your home is the perfect choice. Here are four ways to save on energy costs in your home:

1. Upgrade Appliances
Investing in new, energy-efficient appliances may cost you money now, but over time it will save you money. An old appliance can be a drain on your wallet. It uses more energy, and may need constant maintenance. If an appliance needs repaired, it's time to seriously consider replacing it with something new and energy-efficient.

2. Weatherproof
Weatherproof your home and see savings on your monthly energy bill. Windows and doors that are well sealed do not let cold in or heat out. Find where drafts can come in and use weather-stripping or caulk to fill gaps. Covering drafty windows with shrink-wrap film can save on heating costs. For significant energy savings consider adding additional insulation to your attic.

3. Change Air Filters
For best performance, filters in your home need to be changed regularly. Dirty filters make your heating and cooling system work harder, which wastes energy and lowers indoor air quality. Mark on your calendars when it's time to change the filters.

4. Lower the Temperature
Most people lower the thermostat when they're not home to save on heating costs, but checking the temperature on their hot water heater is something they might not think about. It's necessary to have hot water for showers, cleaning, and doing laundry, but the temperature on your hot water tank may be higher than it needs to be. The recommended temperature is 120 degrees to prevent scalding and to save energy.

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