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SAVING YOU MONEY: Energy Costs

Updated: Wednesday, November 20 2013, 12:48 AM CST
SAVING YOU  MONEY: Energy Costs

Stacy Case
Nashville

    With high's in the 30's this weekend, many of you are looking to save energy and money.   First thing we should all do, according to energy services professionals,  is take a walk around the house.
  
Meg Matt with the Association of Energy Services Professionals says always  do an annual check around your windows and your doorways to make sure your weatherstripping is sitting nice and tight.
  Your windows are caulked nice and tight. That's so cheap and easy, and it's a real great do- it- yourself project.
    Consider a wrap for your hot water heater. It will keep it warmer, taking less time to heat that water.   Ask yourself, does the water need to be that hot?    An inexpensive hot water gauge can test your tap water.
     Water in the 120 to 130 degree range should be adequate to conserve energy.
     Finally, beware of "vampire energy" --  this is the energy consumed by all of those devices left plugged in.
   Watt says, "When we don't unplug them when we're not using them, they're sitting in a standby mode and ready to go. This is costing our country and all of our consumers $10 billion dollars a year in wasted energy.
     You  might also consider smart appliances that let you control usage via your smart phone or computer when you're away. 
SAVING YOU MONEY: Energy Costs


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