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Energy Efficient Tips for Your Home

Using energy efficiently at home not only saves money, but it also helps conserve our natural resources. Being eco-friendly, having a lower utility bill and staying warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer is a win-win situation for everyone. Use these energy efficient tips for your home and start saving today.

Storm Doors

A storm door placed on the outside of your front entry door increases the curb appeal of your home while making it more energy efficient.

Storm doors come in various styles and colors to add style to the front of your home, plus they will save energy in two major ways. A storm door creates a barrier to outside elements, reducing the effect of air leaks from the primary door. It also reduces heat conduction through the primary door by creating an insulating air pocket. Your home will be warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, provide a better first impression to visitors and the entry door will look new for a longer period of time when a storm door is installed.

Storm doors also have locks, which add to security and opening the primary door allows more natural light into the home.

Windows and Doors

Make sure all windows and exterior doors are properly caulked to prevent air leaks. Inspect once a year and replace all cracked or missing caulk.

Install window treatments on the west facing windows that can be easily opened and closed. Shades, blinds or sun-blocking draperies can be closed to keep the afternoon summer heat out and opened in the winter to allow the sunlight in and help warm the home.

Appliances

Always look for the energy star and the efficiency rating on new appliances before purchasing. The higher the rating, the less amount of energy the appliance will use.

Less energy can be used in the laundry room by simply washing all the laundry in cold water. Using detergent that is specifically formulated to clean in cold water will ensure that even the dirtiest work clothes come out of the wash clean. If room permits, add an indoor or outdoor clothes line for drying clothes so the clothes dryer can be used less often.

Only use the washer and dishwasher when full. Washing a few pieces of clothing or dishes uses the same amount of energy as a full load.