Fort Hood Area Rental Market News

September 9th, 2011 12:35 PM

Frustrated over that rising electric bill? Relax, your not the only one. The record breaking heat we've experienced this year has consequently led to a record breaking amount of energy usage. Americans struggling to keep themselves cool in this drought stricken heat has led to the over consumption of energy and occasionally rolling blackouts. In the trying economical state we find ourselves it's important to conserve as much energy as possible. Saving energy at home also has a direct correlation to saving money. Listed below are some helpful tips for saving energy and keeping as much heat/cold out of the house as possible. 

  • Energy-saving incandescent bulbs use about 25% less energy than traditional varieties. To save even more, choose CFLs and LEDs, which offer many choices that typically use 75% less energy.
  • Install rubber weather sealing strips along the edges of windows. These strips are inexpensive and are found in a wide variety of stores. They seal any gaps along the window frame and prevent cold air from coming into the house.
  • Cover your windows with window insulation kits. These kits come with a plastic shrink film that is attached to the side of the window frame with tape. The film is then shrunk with a hairdryer to remove any wrinkles. The film does not make your windows look very attractive, but they will definitely insulate the house. You can also hide their appearance with a curtain or venetian blind.
  • Insulate your water heater with a wrap. These wraps are inexpensive and retain heat, thereby lowering your monthly energy bill. They are particularly effective with older heaters that are not as energy efficient. You can also insulate your hot water pipes.
  • Insulate the electric outlets on outside walls to prevent cold air from coming into the house. The majority of hardware stores have inexpensive foam outlet pads that attach to electric outlet plates and block drafts. The same is true for phone jacks that can also be insulated.
  • Changing your AC filter once a month will help you save energy. Also they have air filters that protect you from allergies.

For more helpful tips to saving money and energy in your home please visit the links listed below:

http://www.energysavers.gov/

http://www.energysavers.gov/tips/

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_save_energy_at_home

http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/113465/top-energy-consuming-items-forbes

--Reminder: In an effort to help you stay comfortable when colder temperatures arrive, we would suggest testing your heating system now.

We sincerely hope these tips will assist you in decreasing your energy output and electric bills.


 


Posted by Michael Zehr on September 9th, 2011 12:35 PMPost a Comment (2)

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