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What are you Doing to Save Energy (and Money) at Home?


| 3/31/2009 4:23:22 PM



These days, many people are trying to use less energy at home. Not only is saving energy good for the environment, it can save you a lot of money on your electric and heating bills. So what are you doing to save energy at home? Have you turned down your thermostat this winter? Installed compact-fluorescent light bulbs? Added insulation to your attic? Tell us what you’re trying and how well you think it works by posting a comment below.

Need inspiration? Here are a few articles with some simple ideas for saving energy: How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient, Easy Projects for Instant Energy Savings, and Bright Ideas for Home Lighting.



Katherine Tyler
2/20/2011 1:46:46 PM

My husband and I purchased a timer for our hot water heater and installed it in a convenient location. After a few weeks of setting and re-setting the times, we found that we only need to run the hot water heater about 3 1/2 hours out of every 24! This has saved a lot of money and energy. My advice. Buy a good model with a switch to turn on the heat "on demand" or turn it off for vacations or "off use" times. Also, be sure to locate it someplace convenient. Putting it in a crawlspace or other remote location means going out of your way to reset it every time you lose electricity or want extra hot water.


cappie
4/12/2009 3:40:43 PM

It all started when a piece on my dishwasher broke, started hand washing them. Next month our utility bill was $10 less. Got rid of the dishwasher. Couldn't afford to go gas, swapped the glass-top stove for a no frills coil-eyed model...no electronics. Make toast and perk coffee on top of the stove. More drop in my utilities dispite all the canning I was doing. Hang my laundry on the closeline unless raining and no choice, cold wash only. My bill is consistanly about $50 less every month, despite a cost increase and a recent purchase of a small freezer. The freezer unfortunately is not an energy star, they don't seem to make smaller ones I can afford in energy star, but we have put it on a timer and cover the top with a blanket. Use mostly florescent bulbs. Got a wood cookstove to help with heating next year. Plan on doing some more small stuff, but that's it for now.


Haynes Weatherby
4/8/2009 7:46:28 AM

I have done several things that combined have cut my energy bill drastically and most important our home is more comfortable. 1. Installed a Power-Save 1200 device ($300) 2.Added spray on foam insultation to the attic rafters ($6000. 3. Changed out single pane windows to double pane vinyl ($3000). 4. Made a home-made solar water preheater tied to the gas water heater ($100) 5.Installed propane non-vented space heaters in the basement and run the fan on the heat pump to draw the warm basement air into the upper floors of house ($500) This was the best. We are warm and the other insulating actions hold the heat in the house. I believe that the home should be comfortable without having to go around bundled up or under a blanket in the house. Sure lets save energy, but why suffer just for the glory of a lower power bill. I am also experimenting with solar panels to ventilate the house with fans tied into the home ductwork. These fans run on small solar panels and golf cart batteries. In the winter they draw the warm air from the gas space heaters and in the summmer it draws the cool basement air into the upper floors without spending any money for electricity. I have more plans for this, but so far the system is very effecient




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