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Inexpensive ways to reduce your energy bill

You could get upgraded insulation installed in all the walls of your

home, orbuy a new high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner.

These improvements would certainly reduce your energy costs –

but they each require asignificant investment.
What if you don't have the budget?
There are a lot of little things you can do to make a big difference

in your heating or cooling bill. Here are just a few examples:

• Turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees in winter. (And

turn it up a few notches in summer.) Chances are, you'll hardly

notice the difference in comfort, and you'll cut your

heating/cooling costs by about 5%.

• Do you need the air conditioner on all the time during the summer
months? Consider turning it way up, or completely off, at night

when it's cooler outside.
• Invest in a programmable thermostat. That way, you'll be able to

set up a schedule that uses less heating/cooling energy while

you’re out of the house.

• Let the sunshine in through windows in the winter (and block the

sun where possible in the summer.) "Passive heat gain" can

contribute to up to 20% of the heat in your home. Best of all, the

sun is free.

• Use energy efficient lights throughout your home. These can cut

the cost of lighting by up to 40%!
• Be careful with outside lights, which can use a lot of energy!

Turn them off before you go to bed or, better still, use

programmable outside lighting that can be set to turn off

automatically.
• These are just a few ideas for reducing your energy bill. If you

do some research, you can probably discover many other ways

to cut your costs. It's worth the effort!

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