See how easy it is to reduce utility bills with these energy-conservations tips.
There are lots of ways to reduce utility bills. For example, installing a programmable thermostat that will heat or cool the house only at certain times of day will help cut costs.
Using dimmer switches and three-way light bulbs can help reduce electricity consumption. You can also install fluorescent bulbs in lamps and other fixtures. Fluorescents produce more light with less electricity and last longer too.
Keep blinds and drapes closed during summer months to prevent sunlight from heating up the house. During the winter, take advantage of the sun's rays by opening blinds and shades.
Fireplaces are common sources of energy loss. Be sure the damper is in working order and that it's closed when the fireplace isn't in use. To insulate the chimney even more, install a chimney cap, which seals out pests and prevents heat loss.
Glass fireplace doors can also help prevent energy loss. Keep them closed unless access to the fireplace is needed. Consider installing a blower to increase the efficiency of the fireplace. The blower pulls air through a tube that circulates around the burning logs. When the air is heated, the blower forces it back into the room.
Tips on Cleaning and Maintaining a Fireplace
Cleaning and maintaining a fireplace can be a DIY job, but before the chimney is cleaned, key areas must be checked. Use these tips to ensure fireplace and chimney safety.
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There can be many advantages to using a wood burning fireplace. Among other things, it can save money on heating costs and supplement your main source of heat.
The Anatomy of a Fireplace: Flues, Chimneys and More
Learn about the various parts that make up a fireplace and when they need to be repaired or replaced.
Maintaining a Fireplace and Chimney
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Dishwasher and Home Maintenance Tips
Host Tim Hockenberry shares dishwasher and home maintenance tips.
Tips on How to Weatherproof a Roof
Use these expert tips to protect your home. Learn how to keep the elements out and comfort in.
Tips for Buying and Installing a New Fireplace Surround
Installing a fireplace is a job for the professional, but installing a fireplace surround is a fairly straightforward DIY project. Get tips for purchasing an installing a fire surround.
How to Close Off or Open Up an Old Fireplace
Learn the proper steps to take when blocking up a fireplace or exposing an old fireplace.
Warming Your Home: Alternative Options
Learn how to supplement your heating system in specific rooms to lend warmth and ambience.
Tips on Weatherproofing Doors and Windows
Does it feel drafty, even though the windows and doors are shut tight? If so, it might be time to add or replace weather stripping to the doors and seal up the windows.
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