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DIY Tips to Save Money and Energy 

Have you ever received an energy bill that made you cringe? Energy costs can significantly impact household budgets, but there’s good news! Even small changes can make a big difference in your energy consumption and save you money. While a professional audit provides valuable insights tailored to your home, there are also simple DIY tips you can implement immediately.

  1. The Power of Natural Light: Open your curtains and blinds during the day to maximize natural light. This reduces reliance on artificial lighting, which can significantly impact your energy consumption.
  2. Seal the Leaks: Air leaks around windows, doors, and electrical outlets can be major energy culprits. Invest in weather stripping and caulk to seal these leaks, preventing conditioned air from escaping in the summer and keeping warm air in during the winter.
  3. Take Control of Your Thermostat: In the summer, raise the temperature slightly while you’re away and at night. Conversely, lower the thermostat in the winter when you’re out or sleeping. Even a small adjustment of 2 degrees can make a noticeable difference in your energy bill.
  4. Appliance Unplugging: Electronics consume energy even when unused. When not actively needed, get into the habit of unplugging chargers, appliances, and other electronics. Consider using power strips with on/off switches for added convenience.
  5. LED Lighting: Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED alternatives. LEDs use significantly less energy while providing comparable or even better lighting quality.

  1. Wash Smarter, Not Harder: Use cold water washes whenever possible when doing laundry. Hot water heating accounts for a notable portion of a washing machine’s energy consumption. Consider air-drying your clothes whenever the weather permits.
  2. Restroom Resets: Shorten your showers by a few minutes. This simple change can significantly reduce hot water usage, saving energy. A low-flow showerhead fixture or faucet uses less water while maintaining adequate functionality, reducing water and energy consumption.
  3. Utilize Fans: Utilize ceiling fans and strategically placed portable fans to circulate air and create a cooling effect. This can help you feel more comfortable and allow you to raise the thermostat setting, saving energy.
  4. Mini Energy Audit: Conduct your own energy audit by visually inspecting your home for potential leaks, inefficiencies, and areas for improvement. Look for gaps around windows and doors, check for drafts, and identify areas where additional insulation might be beneficial.

 Implementing these simple DIY tips into your daily routine can significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency. By taking small, proactive steps, you can empower yourself to save energy and enjoy the financial benefits of lower energy bills.

Note: While these DIY tips can be helpful, it’s important to remember that a professional no-cost energy audit from E3 Solutions can provide a more detailed assessment of your home’s specific energy usage and identify potential savings opportunities you might miss.

Call us today at 479-313-4747 to see if you qualify for our no cost to you energy audit! 

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