During this tough economic time, we're all looking for ways to be resourceful at home in both form and in function. Aside from taking steps to save in the furniture and decor arenas (i.e. shopping at flea markets
, consignment shops and craigslist
), take a moment and think about ways to help your home, itself, save some money. Check out a few ideas after the jump...
- Seal air leaks. The cumulative gaps around the windows and doors in an average American house are the equivalent of a three-by-three foot hole in the wall, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. You can do this by using caulk, spray foam, and/or weatherstripping to stop the air you're paying to heat or cool from seeping out.
- Adjust your water heater or ask your landlord to help. The Department of Energy says water heating is the third largest energy expense in your home. Expect to save about 3% to 5% in energy costs for every 10 degrees you lower your water heater's thermostat. Also, consider insulating your water heater and surrounding pipes for even greater savings.
- This is an easy one...control your thermostat. Consider turning back your thermostat when you are away or at night when you are sleeping. The Department of Energy calculates about a 1% savings for each degree you lower your thermostat over an 8-hour period.
- Maintain your furnace and air-conditioning. Change filters about once a month so your system doesn't have to work overtime to move air through dirty filters.
[Tips via Yahoo! Green]
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