Remember one thing after you complain about how much it cost to heat your home this winter. It is cheaper to wear more clothes in the home than it is to turn up the thermostat. I keep mine on about 66 or 67 degrees during the day and 55 to 60 degrees at night. In the summer, I keep it on 78 and use a fan in the room where I am working. Use those ceiling fans to keep the air moving. Start this early in the spring and by summer, you will be used to it. Oh, and keep those filters clean. It keeps the unit from overworking and that saves money too.

Do you know that an empty fridge cost more to run that one that is full? Hey, when you empty that jug of milk, fill it with water and put it back in the fridge. Keep curtains open on the sunny side of the house. If you will not be home during the day, cut the thermostat down to about 63 degrees. When you get home, it will be warm enough and will not take long to heat it up to 67 degrees.

If you plan to be gone all weekend, cut it down to at least 55 degrees. Why heat an empty home? Oh and don’t forget to flip the breaker off on the water heater. If you are using gas, turn it down to vacation mode. Speaking of hot water heaters, why not buy an insulating blanket? It is amazing at how much heat is lost without one.

Never wash clothes in hot water or even warm water. Liquid detergent does a great job of cleaning clothes. If you are concerned with germs, use bleach. On sunny days for those who can, hang your clothes on the line. You might even enjoy it. If you want them fluffed up after they are dry, just put in the dryer on air. That should do the job.

Why not cook more than one meal at a time? It cost less when using your stove. You can freeze the extra meals for another day.

When your appliances need to be replaced, look for Energy Star.

Energy Star

If you can not replace your windows with new energy-efficient ones, make sure to chalk around them. Do the doors too. Even on the inside, you can use clear sealant to run a bead around the window. Trust me, you will be glad that you did.

I could write a book on saving energy but I just wanted to hit the high spots to remind people of how easy it is to save those bucks going to the utility companies. Hey, wouldn’t you rather spend it on something for yourself?

Most people I know only wish they have a utility bill as low as mine.

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Comment by James Young on January 14, 2010 at 4:24am
That's caulk folks... not chalk.

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