Save money by shrinking their electricity bills

Heating bills are going up across the country, and will continue through the global energy demand. The average expenditure of U.S. households in energy bills was around 6% of revenues in 2005, and 4% in 2003. The new homeowners spend far more efficient unless the people living in old houses. The financial burden due to electricity costs can be reduced through energy conservation.

In your home can be poor fuel economy due to bad insulation of piping, or deficiencies in the heating. In many old houses, the biggest problem is not the cold air coming from the windows, but the leakage of air from the basement, caused by the beams and floor support structures. In an average American household, 50% -70% of the energy used goes to heating and cooling. If your house was built before 1980 may not have adequate insulation. Although most homeowners focus on attic insulation, should not ignore the basement ceiling. Fiberglass is not a good insulating material because air can flow through it. Use spray foam or cellulose as a material to achieve adequate insulation.

Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air. Find all pipes, ducts and electrical wiring penetrate exterior walls and seal to prevent hot air escape. Keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use. If you are planning to change the windows in your home, purchase and install insulating windows tight as possible. You can use a sheet of heavy duty clear plastic on the inside of the window and seal properly to prevent leakage.

Other areas where homeowners can focus on to reduce your energy bill is conservation. If you have an old thermostat, replace it with an electronic thermostat control with digital readouts. An electronic thermostat control is more accurate than a dial thermostat. Better yet would be to have a programmable thermostat that can be programmed for different times of day and night. Replace filters regularly. If your house has a hot water heater, purge them once or twice during the winter season. If you do not know how, search the Internet or get professional help.

When buying new appliances, look for the Energy Star label. ” Energy Star appliances are certified to be energy efficient. Most of these have a bright yellow label and black “Energy Guide”. These tags will tell the cost of average energy consumption of the device. When buying any appliance, be sure to consider this cost as a factor to consider before making your final decision.

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