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There are some very simple and often inexpensive ways to make all the rooms in your home more energy efficient. We list these below:
Cover Windows and Seal Doors.
Heat lost through windows and doors represents a significant chunk of most heating bills. Some sources estimate that loss through windows alone could account for up to 35 percent of heating bills. If you are tired of watching your hard earned money slip through the cracks, there are things that you can do:
Developing Habits for Practical Energy Conservation.
You can reduce your energy expenditures simply by developing energy saving habits:
Ceiling fans can save energy in both the summer and winter. In the summer, fan blades should revolve in a counterclockwise direction. Since moving air feels cooler, using ceiling fans in the summer allows you to raise the thermostat temperature, reducing the workload of your air conditioner. Air conditioners use considerably more energy than ceiling fans. In winter months, set your ceiling fan at its slowest speed and reverse it in order to gently push warm air down from the ceiling without generating a breeze.
Energy Saving Gadgets
Programmable thermostats regulate house temperature. Programmable thermostats help reduce energy costs by lowering energy use during those times when you do not need it. In the winter, for example, your house does not need to be quite as warm when you are away at work, nor does it need to be as warm when you are asleep in bed.
A programmable thermostat can tell your home′s heating system to gear up for your arrival after work, or to knock off a bit until an hour or so before you get up in the morning. Programmable units range from simple timer-like devices to elaborate multifunction units which can provide special instructions to your climate control system based on the day of the week. Once programmed, these thermostats work behind the scenes.
Fireplace Dampers and Doors.
Believe it or not, a burning fireplace can actually rob your house of heat by drawing it up the chimney! Still, not many people who enjoy their fireplace would be willing to trade it in for smaller heating bills.
Fortunately, there is a middle road which allows people to have their fireplace and heat it too: