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How to Conserve Energy in Your Home

Energy conservation is a hot topic these days. People have different reasons for wanting to conserve energy, but concern over rising energy prices is near universal. No matter where you live, chances are you’ve given some thought to ways to reduce your energy bills by conserving energy.

Reducing your energy consumption can be approached in various ways. Many people have been encouraged to reduce energy by buying more efficient products, such as Energy Star approved appliances, low-energy-use light bulbs, or smart thermostats.

But what many people don’t know is that some of the biggest energy savings can be achieved by addressing energy loss through windows, doors, and other openings within your home. Contrary to what you may believe, you don’t have to make structural changes or spend lots of money to reduce energy loss.

Draft-proofing your home can save you well over $100 a year, depending on the extent of your energy loss. Older homes may lose more energy, due to windows and doors that have lost their fit over time, or weather stripping that has worn away.

Stopping drafts helps in several ways. When weather outside is extreme—hot or cold—a tighter seal around windows and doors keeps air from entering your home and heating up or cooling down your living space. This results in less need to use heating or air-conditioning to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

But when you do need to use the heat or air conditioner, having a draft-proofed home also keeps down costs. That’s because less of the air you’re paying to warm or cool is escaping. This means your energy costs will be lower.

Self-stick weather stripping is available at hardware stores and can be easily applied to door and window frames, even if you’re not particularly handy. In addition to using weather-stripping, consider buying insulated curtains to cover windows and sliding doors.

For the bottoms of doors, you can buy a portable draft stopper that sits on the floor next to the door and blocks drafts. This can be moved as needed. You can also use these draft stoppers inside your home, between rooms. This can help if you have a single room that is particularly drafty.

Conserving energy can be done with little effort. Although weather-stripping your home is a small project, it brings a nice return throughout the year. Add in insulated curtains and draft stoppers and watch your energy bills go down.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2015 20:01