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Hi, I'm home improvement expert Lou Manfredini.Let me share a few eye opening statistics with you.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, home oil heating prices have tripled over the past 10 winters. Propane prices are up over 170% and natural gas prices have doubled. I bet your paycheck hasn't doubled or tripled over the past 10 years.
So energy efficiency in your home is something you can't really afford to ignore. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take take to make your home more energy efficient.
Let's run through them from one to ten.
Making Your Home More Energy Efficient:
First up, Service your heating system every year. It's the best money that you'll spend. The cost for a typical service call to clean the unit and change the filters in both the furnace and humidifier is between $75 and $100 depending on where you live.
Number two, install a programmable thermostat. Now this is a must. There are many different brands on the market that range in price from $40 to $100. You can program it to adjust the temperature while you are at work or sleeping and save up to 30% in a well insulated home.
And get this.Fewer than 20% of U.S. homes use modern programmable thermostats.
Number three, add weather stripping around windows and doors. This is a project that any home owner can do. And this also has a big impact on drafts and conserving energy. Door thresholds and window caulking and plastic window film can go a long way in saving you money this winter. And if you live in a drafty home, you can save up to 20% with an investment with as little as $25.
Number four, utilize or install ceiling fans in your home. Remember learning that heat rises in science class? Well, running the fans slowly and in reverse, will keep that warm air circulating and keep you more comfortable. The bonus is, the time your furnace runs will reduce and so will your monthly bill.
Number five, check the arrangement of your furniture. No really! See many times people put couches and chairs over vents and in front of the baseboard radiators which decreases the efficiency of the unit. By restricing the air flow you increase the use of your furnace or boiler, and ultimately the energy used to heat your home.
Number six, consider installing a tankless-water heater. Now this technology has been around for over 70 years. And now the units are less expensive and can save you hundreds of dollars each year. How? Well they create hot water on demand continously. And when they're off there's no stored water that needs to be heated. These units do cost more than conventional tank water heaters but.. you can recoup that added expense in as little as 3 years.
Number seven, be smart about the temperature you set in your home. According to the EPA, you'll save up to 3% on your energy bills simply by turning down your thermostat just 1 degree,
Number eight, Install energy-efficient windows in your home. You know windows and doors are the areas of greatest energy loss. Look for a trusted quality window manufacturer like Marvin who makes some of the most energy efficient windows and doors on the market.
By installing new windows and doors you'll increase your homes energy efficiency by up to 70%.
Number nine, is to make sure that your ceilings and attic are properly insulated. Heat rises and if there isn't enough insulation in the space above, your money is going out of the roof, literally.
Number ten, change your furnace filter regularly. You want to check your filter every month, espcially during heavy use months in the winter and summer. If the filter looks dirty after a month then change it. At a minimum, change that filter very 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep your warm or cool, wasting energy.
Oh and here' a bonus tip.. a small label can save you big money! Look for the energy star label on your appliances. It's easily found on washing machines, dish washers, computers, and stereo equipment. And did you know that you can even find the energy star label on windows and doors?
This label means that the Department of Energy and the EPA, have certified these products as energy efficient.
You can find a lot more advice and tools at energystar.gov
By following these simple tips, you'll be on the road to saving money and living more comfortably.
I'm Lou Manfredini, thanks for watching.