Cut Your Energy Bills Now: 150 Smart Ways to Save Money & by Bruce Harley

By Bruce Harley

We now have all heard the scoop: oil costs have handed $100 a barrel and common gasoline premiums have exploded by way of seventy four% over the last 4 years. And those bills will proceed to upward push. So how can the typical home-owner reduce their strength invoice and nonetheless retain a comfy, fit, and eco-friendly residence? the answer's: Bruce Harley's one hundred fifty how one can reduce Your power money owed this day. delivering eye-opening incentives and simply achieveable tools, Harley's uncluttered and arranged strategy won't purely profit the surroundings, it's going to aid somebody decrease their heating, cooling, and electric expenditures. Highlighted via numbered assistance and strategies for simple reference, the ebook offers a treasure trove of straightforward and cheap methods for slicing power expenditures through as much as 20% -- or even forty% at times.

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Htm).  A simple refrigerator thermometer allows you to monitor the temperature in your fridge—the ideal setting is between 38˚F and 42˚F. the freezer should be between 0˚F and 5˚F.  Most refrigerators don’t show the actual temperature settings, so adjust the thermostat based on your thermometer readings. Look at the thermometer after the refrigerator has been unopened for an hour or more. BIg APPLIAnCeS 27 f 37 KeeP it Clean tip Manual defrost (or partially automatic defrost) refrigerators and freezers are signifi cantly more effi cient than automatic units—but you do have to defrost them regularly to maintain their effi ciency.

If there’s a lot of crud in the drain valve, you may have trouble getting it closed once you open it. Find the shut-off valve for the cold water inlet to the tank first, just in case. If the drain valve sticks, you could have a plumber replace it with a new ball valve, or even replace the tank (see the photo below). F 69 UPGRADING YOUR WATER HEATER As with any equipment, it’s best to plan for a replacement before your old water heater breaks down. If you wait for a leak, you’ll be in hot water and probably will end up with whatever is in the plumber’s truck that day, and it won’t be the most efficient model.

Like other appliances, look at the product specifications. 2 liters to more than 3 liters per kwh (higher is better).  the energy StAr label on this dehumidifier tells you that it’s efficient—but you have to clean it regularly to keep it running right. BIg APPLIAnCeS 33 Fresh Air Ventilation Most people think of ventilation in the home as the bathroom fan, and maybe a kitchen exhaust. I once asked a group of high school students about their impression of the typical bathroom fan, and they agreed on two things right away: These fans are noisy, and they generally don’t work.

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