Simple Steps to Reduce Your Energy Bill

If every time the utility or electric bill arrives at your door step, take heart. You can easily reduce the energy use in your home. And reduce your power bill and save more money. This does not mean that you must take cold shower or shuttering the windows. Energy efficiency and pleasant indoor environment work hand in hand. It will not only save your bank account but at the same time make your house more comfortable.

Step 1: Shade your home
Shading is the best way you can reduce your energy bill in the summertime with your own sweat equity. Shading saves energy because it blocks out direct sunlight, which is responsible for about 50 percent of the heat gain in your home. Most of it strike the roof and work its way through the attic, then down through the ceiling; the rest comes in mainly through windows. If you your attic insulation to at least 12 inch thick and make sure to buy light colored roofing next time you re-roof, you'll stop most of the roof heat.

Step 2: High efficiency windows.
Accounting for about 18 percent of the heat loss in the typical home, windows are the weakest link in like your home's outer defenses against heat loss. To reduce your energy bill, it is advisable to improve their efficiency with applying low-E or tinting film.

Step 3: Stop air conditioner duct leakage
Studies have shown that an average duct system losses 10 to 40 percent of the cool air through gaps in duct joints. This cooling is wasted when the duct run outside the interior conditioned space, in an attic or a crawlspace. While sealing ducts is a common practice now, few air conditioned homes have had this done. Sealing ducts is difficult. you'll have to rely on professional services to test the ducts for leakage and to retest to show the effectiveness of their work.

It is really not that hard to reduce your energy bill, all you need to know is the steps to get you there and tools to help you.

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