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Home Savings Tips

Get your Home Ready for Summer

There are several simple and easy things you can do to prepare your home for summer. Most are very easy projects that you can tackle yourself and we are here to show you how. With our How-To videos, step by step instructions, and guide which shows the costs, benefits, and time to do each one, you will be in control to not only keep your home comfortable during the summer, but also save money and energy.

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Set thermostats

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Set thermostats at 78°F in the summer and 68°F in the winter. You can expect a 3% to 5% increase in energy use for every degree you set the thermostat lower in the summer and higher in the winter. Also consider installing a programmable thermostat.

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Use storm windows or double-paned replacement windows

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Use storm windows or double-paned replacement windows to greatly reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the winter. Storm windows are relatively inexpensive, and they also help decrease the outside noise that enters your home.

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Check refrigerators and freezers

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Check refrigerators and freezers for significant energy loss. Make sure they are as full as possible and that the seals are in good condition. Don't put refrigerators or freezers in unconditioned garages if possible. When buying a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR® label.

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Switch to high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs

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Switch to high efficiency ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent lightbulbs. These bulbs last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they operate at cooler temperatures.

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Replace your air filter

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Change your filters once a month during the heating and cooling season. If you have pleated filters, change them at least every three months.

Video: Replace Your Air Filter

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Wrap your water heater

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Wrap electric water heaters with an insulated blanket. Read the installation instructions and warranty to make sure this doesn't void the warranty.

Video: Wrap Your Water Heater

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Seal your home for air leaks

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Seal your outlet and switch plates with pre-cut foam gasket covers. Seal air leaks around your pipes with expanding foam.

Video: Seal Your Home For Air Leaks

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Set your water heater temperature

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Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees to save money and energy.

Video: Set Your Water Heater Temperature

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Insulate your floor

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Properly insulate your floors. We recommend R-19 for floors, or local building codes, whichever is higher.

Video: Insulate Your Floor

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Seal your exterior doors

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Check caulk and weatherstripping around your doors. If the caulk is cracked or the weather-stripping is flat or peeling, replace the old material.

Video: Seal Your Exterior Doors

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Insulate your attic stairs

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Properly insulate attic, walls and floors. We recommend R-30 for the attic or local building codes, whichever is higher.

Video: Insulate Your Attic Stairs

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Insulate your attic

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Properly insulate attic, walls and floors. We recommend R-30 for the attic or local building codes, whichever is higher.

Video: Insulate Your Attic

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Seal your windows

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Check caulk and weatherstripping around your windows. If the caulk is cracked or the weather-stripping is flat or peeling, replace the old material. Use caulk for small holes and expanding foam for larger areas.

Video: Seal Your Windows

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