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Seven simple steps can save you money at home

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1. Insulation/Air Leaks
Cost Action Tools and Resources
Low cost Seal holes or cracks around windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches and electrical outlets. Sealing Air Leaks
High cost Improve insulation levels in your attic, exterior walls, ceilings, floors and crawlspaces. Insulation Calculator
No cost Close the fireplace damper when not in use. (Warning: See manufacturer’s safety requirements for permanent damper openings for gas starters and gas fireplaces.) Fireplace Tips
2. Heating/Cooling
Cost Action Tools and Resources
No cost Reduce thermostat use in summer and winter. Thermostat Tips
Low cost Clean/replace HVAC filters once a month or as needed. HVAC Maintenance
High cost Schedule HVAC service regularly. Cooling Tips
Cost Action Tools and Resources
No cost Use less hot water Turn Down the Heat
No cost Turn down the water heater thermostat Water Temperatures
Low cost Insulate hot water pipes Insulate Hot Water Pipes
High cost Upgrade to a new, more efficient water heater Appliance Shopping Guide
4. Windows
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Low cost Energy-efficient window treatments Window Treatments
No cost Various efficient window types Window Types
High cost Improve the efficiency of existing windows Existing Windows treatments
High cost Install energy-efficient windows Shopping Tips for Windows
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No cost Lighting Principles and Terms Basics of Lighting Principles
Low cost Lighting Choices Types of Lighting
No cost When to Turn Off Lights Turn Off Lights
Low cost Energy-efficient lighting, such as compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) CFLs & More
6. Appliances
Cost Action Tools and Resources
No cost Learn how to estimate home energy and electronic energy use Estimating Guide
No cost Laundry energy saving tips. Laundry Tips
High cost When shopping for appliances, think of the purchase price and the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. Appliance Shopping Guide
7. Landscaping
Cost Action Tools and Resources
No cost Landscape for specific climate zones Landscaping Zones
Low cost Incorporating shade from landscaping elements can help reduce solar heat gain Landscaping Shade
Low cost Water-wise landscaping can be colorful and interesting. Using Native plants can help. Water Conservation
8. Manage Home Office and Home Electronics: Working from home saves energy and time by cutting out the commute, but it may increase your home energy bills
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No cost Use power saver features on your personal computer, copier, printer and fax. Turn off when not in use.
No cost Screen savers do not reduce energy use.
No cost Turn off power strips when not in use.
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