Energy Waste

Written by Charles Peacock
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If you've ever found yourself gaping at an incomprehensibly large energy bill, you're probably wondering what you can do to keep your costs down. Simple things like turning lights off when they're not in use and keeping the refrigerator door closed will only go so far. If your energy bills are really out of control, there's a good chance you're wasting energy without realizing it.

Reducing Energy Waste

The best way to start reducing energy costs is to focus your attention on the big power consumers. By far the largest energy consumers in your house are your heating and cooling systems. Most people are familiar with the phenomenon of having your heating oil bill go down in the summer time, only to see your electric bill skyrocket due to heavy use of your air conditioner.

To a certain extent, there is nothing you can do about paying for your climate control systems. If you want to use them, they're going to cost you money. At the same time, you can definitely do some things to keep the operating costs down. The first step is to make sure they're not working harder than they need to.

If your house is poorly insulated, your heating and cooling systems are constantly fighting against the heat or cold that is leaking into the house. Make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed at all times so that the inside climate stays inside, and the outside climate stays outside. If you live in a home that has insufficient wall insulation, contact a specialist to see if there is anything you can do to shore things up.

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