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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lowering your monthly energy usage will not only allow you to contribute to the environment, it will also help reduce energy costs. We suggest that you start with these 4 simple tips:

Change Out Your Light Bulbs

Despite energy-efficient bulbs being available for the past several years, many households continue to use the standard ones. Maybe it's something you don't think about, or perhaps it's on your "to do" list. It's time to stop procrastinating, because energy-efficient bulbs use a fraction of the energy that traditional bulbs use and don't produce as much heat. It's a win-win situation.

Weatherstrip Your Doors

Air leakage can account for up to 30 percent of your energy waste every month. A quick way to fix this problem is to seal the gaps around your home's doors. This is done by weatherstripping, which will keep the conditioned air inside from leaking outside. Once this is done, your cooling or heating equipment won't have to work so hard.

Seal Your Windows

Doors aren't the only places where you're likely to suffer from air leakage. Windows are notorious culprits for this, as well. Sealing can be done by using double-sided tape and a plastic film sheet, which is trimmed to your satisfaction once it's been applied. Step-by-step instructions can be easy to find, but if you have any doubts, contact your local HVAC contractor. A professional can even evaluate your home for air leakage to make sure nothing is missed.

Tend to Your Ceiling Fan

Dust quickly accumulates on the top of every ceiling fan. Just run a finger across the top and you'll see what we mean. Believe it or not, this extra weight can force your ceiling fan's motor to run harder, not to mention that scattering dust can hurt your indoor air quality. To fix this, simply wipe the fan with a cloth and a dab of white vinegar.

For more expert advice on ways to reduce energy costs, or for any home comfort questions, be sure to contact the friendly professionals at Comfort24-7. We serve the HVAC needs of Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan.

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