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Energy Tips

There are several ways to save money on your energy bill by changing habits, making improvements to your home, or learning more about the way energy works.

Here are a few basic suggestions for saving on your energy bill:

1. Consider using compact flourscent light bulbs (CFLs) instead of traditional incandescant bulbs. CFLs use 75 percent less energy over the life of the bulb.

2. Caulk and/or use weather-stripping around your doors, windows, exhaust vents, and other openings. This can save you a lot of money over time. Your home can never be too airtight; no matter how much weatherizing you do, there will always be some leaks you cannot fix or find.

3. Check all doors that lead outside. If you can see light or feel air coming in around them, the thresholds and door sweeps should probably be replaced. In some cases, the door may need to be rehung.

4. Seal all plumbing entrances, including those under sinks and vanities and around bathtubs and showers.

5. Use foam gaskets under electric outlet covers to cut down on air loss.

6. Properly insulate your attics and floors. Good seals around doors, windows, and ductwork will save you money on your energy bill.

7. Clean or replace the filters in your central heat and air system on a regular basis.

8. Choose the lowest comfortable setting for your thermostat in winter, the highest comfortable setting in the summer.