1. Seal air leaksBuy a few cans of Great Stuff and knock yourself out over a weekend to seal around:
- Plumbing lines
- Electric wires
- Recessed lighting
2. Hire a proTo seal ductwork and give your HVAC a tune-up, hire a pro. Unexpected repairs can be tough to manage financially, and preventative maintenance can help to keep them at bay. Leaky ducts are a common energy-waster.
Savings: Up to $412 a year
3. Program your thermostatConsumers (at least 40%) admit they don't program their thermostat for energy savings.
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Savings: Up to $180 a year
4. Replace all light bulbs with LEDsSwitching to LED bulbs can use up to 75% less power. Once you have your lighting fixtures purchased, call Metro Electric to have professionals install your upgraded fixtures.
Savings: $75 a year or more by replacing the five most frequently used bulbs with Energy Star-rated models
5. Reduce temperatureOn your water heater, set your tank heater to 120 degrees — not the 140 degrees most are set at, from the manufacturer. Also wrap an older water heater and the hot water pipes with insulating material to save on heat loss.
Savings: $12 to $30 a year for each 10-degree reduction in temperature