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Energy Saving: Simple Tips for a Comfortable, Affordable Winter

Here are simple tips to help you save some energy.

Heating and air conditioning are the biggest energy consumers of the average household. In fact in a lot of cases heating and cooling is responsible for around 50% of your energy costs. Much of the heat and cool air escapes because of poorly insulated roofs, walls, doors, and windows. Improving insulation will result in greater conservation of energy and lesser energy costs.

Old cooling and heating appliances should be replaced with newer models which are more energy efficient. Other large appliances like refrigerators can also be replaced with newer models that are designed to conserve energy. Always make sure you read the energy label, if you do, you will often find that a cheap product in fact can be expensive in its every day use because of its energy consumption.

Traditional light bulbs are inefficient because much of the energy they consume is converted to heat. Replacing all your incandescent bulbs with compact florescent bulbs will provide the same level at light with less energy consumption. Even though the cost of these bulbs is greater than traditional bulbs, they last up to 20 times longer, resulting in significant overall savings.

Remember to turn appliances off when they are not being used and teach all family members to turn off lights when leaving a room.

Just a little bit of effort can result in substantial energy savings over the course of a year.

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