The 3 Easiest Ways to Cut Energy Costs

By HomeAdvisor

Updated February 28, 2017

Are your utility costs getting out of hand? If so, don’t rush into an expensive energy efficiency remodel. Instead, check out these energy-saving home hacks from lifestyle blogger and HomedAdvisor contributor, Michelle Hinckley.

1) Keep your water heater’s temperature below 120 degrees: Your water heater keeps your home’s water at a consistent temperature year-round. So, if your heater is set to a balmy 150 degrees, the extra energy needed to heat your water will add up. Bump your heater’s temperature down to 120 degrees (or less) to see a difference in your heating costs.

Most water heaters have clearly marked temperature adjustments. If you’re unsure about lowering you heater’s temperature, check your owner’s manual or call a professional.

2) Replace your HVAC or furnace filter every three months: Dirty filters impact the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems. You may not notice an immediate difference, but the evidence of a dirty filter will show up on your energy bill. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual or call a professional before changing your filters.

3) Seal air leaks around doors, windows, outlets and light switches: Heating a drafty home is like throwing money out your window — literally. To combat a leaky house, feel for drafts coming from windows, doors, outlets or light switches. If you notice leaks, use caulk to seal the openings. For indoor leaks, use a paint-friendly caulk that won’t crack or form mildew. If you notice large holes or cracks on the outside of your home, use a moisture- and heat-resistant caulk.

Ready for more? Stay tuned for other helpful home hacks!

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