REDUCING ENERGY COSTS
Maybe you are preparing to list your home for sale, or maybe you are thinking of the Fall season upon us - with higher energy bills. Kieth Sutfin, RHI, OK Valley home Inspections, has some good suggestions for reducing energy costs. He says, "There are several quick “fixes” homeowners can do to reduce energy costs within their home.
• Install a programmable thermostat or set your thermostat back at night.
• Insulate doors and windows with plastic, caulk and/or weather stripping. An uninsulated window or door can lose 10 to 20 times as much heat or air conditioning as the same area of a well-insulated wall.
• Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes litres of water in a short period.
• Homeowners with gas or electric water storage tanks should insulate them, being careful not to cover the heater's top, bottom, thermostat, or burner compartment - when in doubt, get professional help.
• Turn off lights when they are not needed. Lighting can account for up to 10 percent of the electrical consumption in a household. Biggest user - the stove
• Reduce your utility bill by up to 21% by turning down the thermostat from 22ºC to 20ºC Lowering it even further, to 18ºC, can save another 18%.
• Change light switches to dimmer switches and use lower wattage bulbs or CFL’s when possible.
A small investment now and your energy costs could be significantly reduced in the future."