5 free ways to lower your energy bill

plugLooking for ways to lower your energy bill? Sure, you could buy all new high-efficiency appliances and reap the rewards. But that will cost you thousands of dollars up front.

Here are five ways to lower your energy bill that won’t cost you a penny.

1. Get smart about your thermostat

Set your thermostat at 68 degrees or cooler in the winter and 78 degrees or higher in the summer. And install a programmable thermostat so that you’re not heating or cooling an empty house.

2. Set your ceiling fans correctly

In the summer, your ceiling fans should be set to spin counter-clockwise. This will send the heat up and out of the house. In the winter, they should spin clockwise to push the heat down and keep it in your house.

3. Use that sun

On sunny winter days, keep your blinds and curtains open to let the sun naturally warm your house – especially for windows on the south side of your house. On non-sunny days, keep them closed. Curtains will even work as extra insulation to keep your house warm.

4. Unplug

Many household appliances use power even when they are turned off. Try to unplug as many of your appliances or electronics as possible to make sure they are not using any phantom power.

5. Clear the air flow

Make sure that your vents are not blocked by furniture or rugs or anything else that may prevent the flow of air in your home. Proper air flow keeps your heating and cooling system working efficiently.

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