Fast & Free Energy Saving Tips for Your Home

May 18th, 2011 by | Print

unplugInterested in learning how to save energy? You’ve come to the right place. It’s easier than you think to boost your home’s energy efficiency. And best of all, most of these tips are fast and free.

Check out these easy energy saving tips from Trim A Seal, Your Home Improvement Source and start saving money today on your home’s utility bills. 

 

Energy Saving Tips:

  • Turn off all unnecessary appliances and lights. Keep them unplugged and put your computer and monitor to sleep when it’s not being used.
  • In hot summer months keep window shades and drapes closed to keep your home cooler.
  • Close windows at night to allow cool air in. Close the windows the next morning to keep house cooler longer without using a/c. 
  • Keep traditional fireplaces closed and the dampers shut when not in use.
  • Take shorter showers; cutting your shower time in half can cut your water heating costs by up to 33%.
  • Start using energy saving settings on refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes. 

Short Term Inexpensive Fixes:  

  • Install low flow showerheads, again saving on hot water expenses.
  • Replace your furnace’s air filter before every heating season begins.
  • A programmable thermostat can save you up to 15% on your heating bill.
  • Insulate hot water pipes and ducts.
  • Make sure your water heater has an insulating blanket.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps.

There are also some long term investments you can make that will help you save money all year long, by making improvements to your home. Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are efficiently insulated. Replacing your windows and siding with energy efficient windows and vinyl siding,  may reduce your heating and cooling costs significantly and pay for themselves in the long run. Right now you can take advantage of tax rebates for home owners. Last years tax rebates were extended to encourage energy-efficient home improvements.

Certain type of window and door replacements qualify for this tax credit. The incentive has been reduced to the pre-Economic Recovery Act level. Consumers can claim a credit of 10% up to $200 of the purchase price of qualifying windows, and 10% up to $500 for qualifying exterior doors. Installation costs are not included
   
If you live in Northern Indiana or South Chicago and are looking for replacement windows, vinyl siding, gutter protection or new entry doors, please call Trim A Seal of Indiana today at 800-217-6355 for a FREE Consultation.  We’ll help you choose products that qualify for the 2011 tax credit.

Visit www.Trimaseal.com for more information on our products and tax rebates and don’t forget to ask about our Low Price Guarantee.

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