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  Simple Things Add Up To Big Energy Savings

You needn’t search for spare change in the sofa cushions to find extra cash in your home. With these simple, energy-efficient, home improvements you can save $500 in five rooms.

Living Room: $215

Replace your five most frequently used incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs for a savings of $65 each year. These bulbs use less energy and can last up to 10 times longer. In addition, install an Energy Star-qualified programmable thermostat, which can help control the temperature while you’re away from home or at night when you’re sleeping. When used properly, these thermostats can save as much as $150 per year in energy costs.
 

Bathroom: $145

Most showers account for about 22% of the water used in a home. Replace existing showerheads with 2.5 gallon-per-minute (low-flow) shower heads. A low-flow showerhead usually works by mixing air into the water to increase the pressure. The water-efficient showerhead coupled with a 10-minute shower typically will save five gallons of water and end up to $145 each year on energy used to heat it.

 
Laundry Room: $75

To save hot water-and the $24-$40 in fuel it takes to heat that water each year-wash your clothes in cold water. Be sure to choose laundry detergent that is formulated for use in cold temperatures. Save another $34  each year by cleaning that lint trap in your clothes dryer before every load of laundry, which will help increase drying efficiency. Using an Energy Star water-efficient front-load washing machine can cut water usage by about one-third, saving more than $16 annually.
 
Utility Room: $36

Lower the temperature on your water heater from 145 degrees to 120 degrees. The only place you will notice the difference is on your utility bill. This slight reduction in temperature can save the average homeowner between $36 and $61 each year.
 

Kitchen: $35

To keep your hard-earned money from literally going down the drain, be sure to repair faucet leaks at the kitchen sink. Hot water leaking  at a rate of one drip per second can waste up to 1,661 gallons of water annually- and up to $35 in electricity or natural gas.

 

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