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Energy Conservation Tips

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Winter energy bills can be costly. With energy prices rising, your energy bills won't decrease unless you take action to lower them. From state-run energy-efficiency programs to do-it-yourself repairs, use these easy tips to decrease energy costs in your home.

Fix Window Cracks and Seals

Get those windows fixed. Replace broken or cracked glass that lets cold air and moisture in. Be certain windows close tightly and can be locked. Make sure the seals are watertight and airtight, too.

Inspect Heater

Before winter sets in, inspect the heater for any obvious cracks and worn or missing parts. Be sure to change any filters. Hire a heating company to come and turn on your heat for the winter, especially if gas or oil heated. This will include a check to make sure the heater is working safely and efficiently to get your family through the cold winter.

Stop Water Leaks

Check water heater and all hot water pipes for leakage. Aside from causing water damages to floors, walls, or foundations, leaking hot water drips of energy inefficiency. Replace the water heater, if necessary, and stop the leakage from hot water pipes to keep the energy savings in your pocket.

Cover Windows

Install new quilted or insulated blinds to keep the cold out in style. These blinds provide a better layer of insulation trapping cold air entering from the window and keeping it out of the room. Use these blinds in all rooms, but especially the rooms or areas most-often used.

Adjust Temperature Settings

Save money by adjusting the temperature settings of your gas, oil or electric heater as well as your water heater. Turning the settings down on both the heater and water heater will greatly reduce your energy bills. Just make sure the lowered settings are comfortable for all family members.

State Energy Savings Help

The state of Massachusetts has a useful website with ways to lower your energy bills. Check out Mass Save to learn about no-cost home energy assessments and how to be involved. Can't afford to make energy-efficient repairs just now? Low-income residents may qualify for assistance paying energy bills.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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