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Ways to Reduce Energy Bills

Dave Horst, Industrial and Commercial Trades Instructor, offered these weatherization and household tips to improve energy efficiency and cut utility costs.

Weatherization Tips

  • Caulk around the inside of doors and windows that leak air.
  • Add insulation in the attic or unfinished basements.
  • Insulate your water heater with a water heater blanket or jacket and insulate water pipes.

Other Energy Efficiency Tips:

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact florescence light bulbs, which expend less energy.
  • Use smart power strips instead of standard power strips. Smart strips monitor power consumption and can sense when computers and other devices are on or off. The strip cuts off power to devices not in use, eliminating the idle current that such devices would consume with a standard power strip.
  • Use low-flow aerators on faucets and showers to cut water usage.
  • Set thermostats to 68 degrees in winter months and 78 degrees in the summer months.
  • Set water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.
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