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5 Cheap DIY Energy Fixes
Apr29

5 Cheap DIY Energy Fixes

The hot months of summer come upon us like an uncomfortable rash, sending us scurrying around looking for a solution. However, turning up the AC isn’t always the best option. Here are a few energy fixes and tips that could save you money and keep you cool all year long. Get Comfortable at Home Image via Flickr by RLHyde Dressing down at home is just common sense. Change into the lightest clothing you can wear, and get cozy. It’s your house, after all. When you wear lighter clothing you might even think your warm house is a bit chilly. However, even if it’s too warm for you, you won’t have to drop the temperature nearly as much in short shorts and a tank as you would need to in thick jeans and a cardigan. Common Sense With Windows In the evenings you should keep your windows open and enjoy the draft, that is, as long as you have a screen. The screen will keep the bugs out, making the fragrant breeze a nice change from electrical drafts that don’t smell like fresh flowers. As important as it is to keep your windows open from evening to morning, it is just as important to keep them tightly shut from morning to night. Day time heat can be overwhelming. It fills a house with humidity and a dense sensation of oppressive heat. Just a Few Degrees of Comfort By turning your thermostat up just two degrees you can save a lot of money every month of summer. Just two degrees makes a world of difference for your energy bill. However, two degrees isn’t much for your body. So, if you think you like your house at 68, kick it up to 70 and see if you even feel the difference: most likely the only change you’ll notice is the drastic drop in your electrical bill. Choke Your Chimney Today Make sure the seal on your chimney is good and tight, even if it means asking a tough young neighbor over to choke it for you. This overlooked seal often causes a large hole in your pocket every month by leaking cold air. When the winter months are over and you’re sure there won’t be another indoor fire all year, then it’s time to seal the chimney. Make sure you have it done every year and you could save hundreds in runaway cooler air. Check Your Seals Along with your chimney you need to have every seal checked annually. Leaking window seals can cost you more than two degrees a month! By having someone scan your house for these temperature leaks you...

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