Jan 26, 2012 by Alagasco

Reduce your home’s energy usage

Categories: Energy Savings Tips

When you think about taking steps to conserve energy or “go green,” most people think that they will have to make drastic changes around their home that will cost them more than they save. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Saving energy and money can easily be done by just taking a few extra (inexpensive!) steps around your home. There are ways to save energy in nearly each and every room of your house.

Here are some helpful tips on ways to reduce your energy usage room by room:

Bedroom:

  • Lower your thermostat at night while you’re sleeping.
  • Layer your blankets to keep warm and save energy.

Bathroom:

  • Take quick showers instead of baths.
  • Install water flow restrictors.
  • Repair leaky faucets.

Laundry Room:

  • Wash clothes in warm or cold water.
  • Use only the water level necessary based on the amount of clothes for each load.
  • Dry loads back to back to take advantage of the heated drum.

Living Room:

  • Move furniture away from windows. It’s warmer to sit near inside walls.
  • Close your fireplace damper, when not in use.
  • Open draperies and blinds to let the sun warm your home.

Doors/Windows:

  • Weatherstrip windows and doors to keep warm air in.
  • Caulk holes and gaps around windows and doors.
  • Place a throw rug at the bottom of an outside door to keep cold air from coming inside.

Kitchen:

  • Place lids tightly on pans to speed cooking time.
  • Keep oven door closed while cooking to prevent heat loss. With each opening, the oven loses about 20 percent of its heat.
  • Preheat your oven, only if the recipe calls for it.

Unused rooms:

  • Close vents in unused rooms, but not more than 1/3 of the heating vents in the house.

To find these energy tips and more, visit our Alagasco.com.

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