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Energy Efficient Homes

Energy Efficient Homes


Having an energy efficient home is a good goal for a home owner any time of the year but the topic comes up more often during our mid-west winters. An energy efficient house can reduce energy bills by up to 40 percent. Tips for reducing your energy bills include:


    • Cut hot water usage and adjust the water heater to 120 degrees F.



    • When replacing appliances, select those with the Energy Star label.



    • Use compact fluorescent lamps wherever possible.



    • Set your thermostat as low as comfortable (68 degrees F is suggested) when you are at home. Set back the thermostat to 60 degrees F at night or when no one is at home.



    • Set back the thermostat to 50-55 degrees F when the house is empty for over 24 hours.



    • Close your fireplace damper and make sure the opening is sealed when the fireplace is not being used.



    • Reduce heat to unused rooms in the house, and close their doors.



    • Replace furnace filters once a month during the heating season.



    • Regularly clean heating registers and make sure they are not blocked.



    • Have your furnace checked annually by a trained professional.



    • Install insulating gaskets behind electrical outlets and switch plates on exterior walls.



    • Caulk and weather-strip your doors and windows.



    • Caulk and seal leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls, floors, and ceilings.



    • Use an inexpensive door sweep to reduce air leakage under exterior doors.



    • Repair leaky faucets.



    • Add an insulating wrap to an older water heater; for a new water heater check your manual to see if this is recommended.


I - Install high efficiency low-flow showerheads.

- Wash clothes in cold water, except for special loads such as diapers

- Regularly clean dust out of the coils behind or under your refrigerator..


    • Run the dishwasher only with a full load. Air dry dishes in your dishwasher.



    • Shut down home computers or put them on sleep mode when not in use.



    • Plug small electronics into a power strip so you can turn them off at the same time.

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