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You probably know that large changes, such as solar panels and new windows can lower your energy bills, but did you realize that a few very small changes can make a huge impact? Oaks Construction has compiled a list of six changes you can make on your own to save money.

Changes You Can Make On Your Own

Unplug Phone Chargers

Do you leave your cell phone charger plugged in – even when you’re not charging your phone or tablet? Chargers still draw electricity when not in use, albeit a small amount. But this small amount of energy adds up when you have multiple unused chargers plugged in 24/7. They can actually account for up to 10% of your energy bill!

Lower Your Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are great at helping you save energy. Program them to lower the temperature 10 to 15 degrees during the winter workday when you aren’t home. Conversely, raising the temp 10-15 degrees will lessen AC use in the summer during the times you’re not home. According to Energy.gov, this practice can save you 5-15% on your energy bills annually.

Wash With Warm or Cold Water

Most of the energy (up to 90%) your washer uses is to heat the water. Do your laundry in warm or cold water whenever possible to save a significant amount of energy. Also, if your washer is old, consider purchasing a new, energy-efficient, Energy Star washer.

Change Your Lightbulbs

If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs, it’s time for a change. Switch to environmentally friendly halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. LEDs are the most efficient, last the longest, are the most cost-effective, and shine the brightest.

Did you know that an LED bulb can last for over 25,000 hours?

Turn Off the Space Heater

While it’s nice to have a space heater at your feet during the winter months, it’s not energy efficient. Space heaters use around 1,500 watts of energy, which translates to a higher electric bill. Learn more about portable heaters from Energy.gov.

Seal Your Windows

Does cool air come in around your windows? Weatherstripping around the frames will stop the cold air from getting in. You can also apply a sheet of shrink film to windows to act as a barrier between your toasty warm home and the chill outside.

All of these tips will lower your energy bill. If you need to increase your energy efficiency on a larger scale, call 585-247-OAKS for solar panel roofing, windows, doors, and more.

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