Ten Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bills

1. Make sure your home is properly insulated. This means a minimum of 8 inches in most climates. 12 to 16 inches is highly recommended in the north. Walls should be insulated to the extent practical. New constructions should consider emerging technologies such as integrated concrete forms (ICF’s). ICF’shave superior strength, insulating, and acoustical properties.

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2. Eliminate obvious drafts and air leaks into the house. Use double or triple paned windows, and spend some time to seal up leaky doors. An air tight house can go a long ways in realizing energy savings, and improving your overall comfort.

3. Adapt to the seasons. Remember way back when we survived without all these creature comforts? Didn’t we live in caves? Try adjusting the thermostat to 65 degrees in the Winter, and 75 degrees in the Summer. See if you can adjust. Wear extra layers to compensate in the Winter.

4. Install an attic fan. Fans generally require very little energy, and can be a quick way to purge your house of hot air on those warm summer nights.

5 If you’re building a new home, this is the golden opportunity! Incorporate modern designs, and consider passive solar heating technologies. Solar heating and solar hot water are relatively simple to integrate when building a new home. http://www.thermo-dynamics.com can be referenced as they have a good overview of products.

6. Try air drying you clothes if it makes sense. I noticed how remarkably easy this was when I tried it, and went several years without owning a clothes drier.

7. Native landscaping. Use native grasses and plants accustomed your local climate. Choose lower maintenance grasses for your lawns. This will save in both your water consumption and pumping power used by the public utility.

8. New age appliances. When comes time to purchase new appliances, consider some of the alternative and more efficient energy designs. Examples include:

Front load washing machines

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Horizontal chest refrigerators

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Residential LED lighting

http://www.creelighting.com/residential.htm, http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=lighting.pr_what_are

9. Take advantage of wood burning stoves if you live in a region abundant with wood. Some of us burn wood anyways just to keep the land clean.

10. Consider a smaller, lower profile car with a 4 cylinder engine. Excessive weight and aerodynamic drag are the two biggest contributors to poor fuel economy. How much do you really use all that extra power and space? Most automotive engines are over-powered for their primary use which is basic inter-city commuting. Choose the smallest engine that will get the job done. Choose the smallest vehicle that will satisfy your basic needs.

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