6 Energy-Saving Tips Everyone Should Know This Summer


| 5/28/2014 12:00:00 PM


There are plenty of energy-saving tips that anyone can use at home. Reducing the amount of energy that you use not only lowers your bills, but it also makes your carbon footprint smaller. That means you get short-term and long-term advantages just by making a few adjustments to your home and lifestyle.

Tip #1: Reduce Air Leaks and Improve Insulation

The average homeowner devotes 45 percent of his or her energy usage to heating. You can dramatically reduce the amount of energy that you use heating your home by sealing leaks and adding insulation.

Air leaks commonly occur in:

• dropped ceilings
• recessed lights
• attics
• sill plates
• water and furnace flues
• door frames
• window frames
• plumbing and utility access panels

Check these areas to make sure they're properly sealed so they don't let warm air leak out of your house or cold air sneak into your home.



Adding insulation to your attic and under your floors can also prevent energy exchange between the interior and exterior of your home. Spending a little money on improved insulation now could save you money for decades to come.



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