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Your “Top Ten” list for easy energy savings

As a follow-up to our most recent post, we’re providing you with additional tips on improving your home’s energy efficiency, so you’ll stay cozy and warm this winter — while also saving money on energy costs.
 
We previously talked about mid-sized projects related to your fireplace, furnace, insulation, and drafty doors and windows. Now we’ll take a look at some small things you can do to help reduce your gas and electricity costs further.*
 
  1. Switch to LED lights throughout the house, including holiday decorations.
  2. Use a programmable thermostat to automatically reduce the temperature while sleeping or when everyone is away. Depending on where you live and what settings you choose, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says you can save up to 10% per year on heating and cooling costs.
  3. Wear a sweater or cover yourself with a blanket when you’re home so you can keep the temperature a bit lower.
  4. Use a whole house humidifier. Adding moisture to the air makes it feel warmer than it actually is, while dry air can make your throat scratchy, skin feel raw, or even damage wooden floors.
  5. Close doors and vents in unused rooms. If you have a guest room, remember to open it back up before visitors come to stay.
  6. Let the sunshine in during the day by opening blinds and curtains.
  7. Keep the warmth in at night by closing window coverings as the sun goes down. Thick or energy-efficient curtains can make a difference.
  8. Use space heaters in the rooms you spend the most time in. Don’t leave them on when you’re not in the same room and keep the cords out of pathways where people could trip.
  9. Keep your fireplace’s damper closed unless you’re using it.
  10. Snuggle with a warm puppy. This isn’t scientifically proven, but it’s still an awesome idea!
 
Taking these little steps can add up to some nice savings. You’ll probably wonder why you didn’t do these things sooner! As a mortgage provider, we love to help our clients — whether that’s sharing tips for your home or helping you choose the right loan for your next home.
 
Reach out any time you want to learn more about our home loans and refinancing options.
 
*Your potential savings amount will vary based on your home’s existing energy efficiency and other factors.
 
- Dec 22, 2021



 
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