Here are 8 ideas for Boston condo owners and single-family homeowners on ways to save money on you utility bills.
1) Crank Her Down and Layer Up
Turning your thermostat down by only 2 degrees will end up saving you $180 per year on your energy bill. I know, sometimes its tough in these New England winters. Just crab that sweater from the closet and cozy up with a love one.
2) Low-Flow is the Way to Go
A low-flow shower head requires less water and needs less heat to warm the water, not to mention the money you will save. Low[flow shower heads are reasonably priced at Home Depot.
3) Clean those Coils
Simply cleaning the condenser coils on your fridge can save you money and increase efficiency. If you are in the market for a new fridge, look for an energy star model. Okay, this may be a little messy, bit its worth the effort.
4) Fix that Filter
Cleaning/changing your furnace filter every two months can increase its efficiency by 50%. obviously, if your a Boston condo owner you wouldn’t do this, but you can bring it up at the next condo meeting.
5) Caulk those Cracks
Micro cracks in the edges of your windows can cause some serious inefficiencies. Caulk those cracks and get rid of those drafts. You will conserve heat and save money.
6) Pull the Plug and Save
Did you know that when your electronics are plugged in they are using electricity? Even when you aren’t using them! What’s the solution? Pull the plug. If you unplug your electronics when you aren’t using them, you can save $75 a year. Be sure to shut down your computer too.
7) Get Smart with Your Lighting
Replace your light bulbs with CFL or LED. You will save energy with the lower wattage it takes to power the bulb. Incandescent bulbs give off 90% of their energy as heat.
8) Adjust Door Threshold
If you can see daylight under your door, that means you are losing heat that you paid for. Most thresholds have 4 or 5 screws that let you adjust the height to eliminate a gap and put more money in your pocket.
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