6 Low-Cost Tips
FOR HOMEOWNERS TO
SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY
1. Re-think your
Use more efficient, lower-wattage light
bulbs that produce equivalent or
superior light output and quality. LEDs
are an excellent option because of
their longevity compared to modern
incandescent electric lightbulbs.
2. Make sure to
Even if you turn your computer
off before going to sleep, it is still
drawing energy (this is
sometimes called a “vampire
load”). Make sure lights and plug
loads are turned off at night, and
throughout the day when not
3. Mitigate door and
Drafts can signal to your thermostat to raise the
heat or lower the temperature, leading to a
higher energy bill. Repair broken windows and
weather strip or caulk windows and doors where
drafts can be felt or there are visible signs of
4. Use shading
Shading devices are an excellent
option to save energy. Your energy
bills will be lower in the summer if you
use curtains, blinds, and awnings that
mitigate direct sunlight.
Replace manual thermostats with
programmable thermostats, and
turn down heating and cooling
systems when your house is
unoccupied or when you’re
6. Verify maintenance protocol for HVAC.
A clean system in good repair is much more efficient than one that could use some
maintenance. A well-tuned HVAC system, in combination with a programmable
thermostat, is an easy way to avoid wasting energy.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America’s
historic places. Preservation Tips & Tools helps others do the same
in their own communities.
For more information, visit SavingPlaces.org.
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