Reduce water temperature
Turn down your water heater’s temperature setting to a safe but efficient 120 degrees instead of the potentially scalding higher settings. If you have an electric water heater, cut the cost of running it in half by installing a timer that allows water to be heated only when necessary, like during your morning shower.
Add more insulation
Proper attic insulation - at least 12 inches of the batt or blown types between attic rafters - helps to reduce heating needs by up to 30 percent. Also make sure that the attic is well-ventilated, as even slightly damp insulation can lose as much as one third of its ability to insulate.
Keep filters clean
Replace your furnace’s filter before the heating season begins and thereafter as recommended by the filter manufacturer. A dirty filter will reduce airflow, which makes your system work that much harder to deliver warmth where it’s needed. Better yet, invest in a whole-house air cleaner that requires only annual maintenance.
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Ten Easy Energy Saving Tips
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