Upgrade appliances with energy efficient models (look for ones with the energy star logo; if you are just buying a home, negotiate new appliances in with your deal, or buy energy efficient appliances to begin with).
Replace single pane windows with double pane windows.
Service your AC and heater units.
Take out AC window units for the winter months.
Insulate your attic and the inside of your walls (you can do this without taking down the actual wall—you ‘blow’ the insulation in).
Replace old doors that may have wearing in the material with newer, more energy efficient doors.
If you need to replace a roof, make sure the next one is more energy efficient, such as a metal or asphalt roof.
These permanent changes to your home also require more money, but currently the government has a program where you can claim federal energy efficiency tax credits for some of these upgrades (must be placed in service from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010).
Share Your Own Energy-Saving Strategies
I would love to hear your own energy-saving strategies, as this list is not exhaustive. What are some ways that you have found to reduce your electricity bill? Are they more behavioral/habit changes, or more permanent changes? Please share, and help out everyone with your advice.
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