4 Ways To Lower Everyday Energy Costs

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The Federal Savings Bank offers a number of tips to help homeowners save on energy costs.

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Owners should consider increasing the insulation in rooms that are prone to heating or cooling leaks.

While homeownership is rewarding, it's also costly. As heating and cooling equipment, electronics and other household items run, they can increase the cost of the energy bill. To save money on utility costs, The Federal Savings Bank suggests that homeowners use the following tips:

Replace the Light Bulbs
Although homeowners have long used incandescent lights, more efficient light bulbs are becoming popular. Rather than using incandescent lights, switch out these bulbs for compact fluorescent lamps or LEDs. The Natural Resources Defense Council said in comparison to lights that produce a brightness of 800 lumens, standard incandescents consume 60 watts - higher than CFLs that will only consume 13 watts and LEDs that consume 10 watts.

Insulate Crucial Rooms
With the risk of outside heat or cold coming into the home, owners should consider increasing the insulation in rooms that are prone to heating or cooling leaks. Homeowners should improve insulation in attics, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program. Homeowners can also help prevent leaks in their home by weather proofing windows during cold weather, Realtor.com recommended.

Change The Filter
Since dirty filters in heating and cooling systems could cause them to work less effectively, changing the filter regularly is important to keeping HVAC equipment running efficiently.

Use Appliances to the Fullest
Since appliances are power hogs, using less energy each day could reduce homeowners' utility bills significantly. For refrigerators, homeowners can make sure they have full freezers so no energy is wasted. They can also schedule their laundry time so they can wash and dry all of their clothes at the same time. The benefit of using dryers back to back is the machine will still be warm once the next load is ready to go in.

Homeowners considering moving to a more energy-efficient home could contact the Federal Savings Bank, a veteran owned bank, to learn more about mortgages.

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