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December 10, 2010 by USA Post 

Weather Washington Dc, WASHINGTON, DC: With the cold setting in across the United States, homeowners are seeking ways to heat their homes while reducing their energy bills to save money. The average family spends to 2,200 per year on energy bills, nearly half of which is used for heating and cooling. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star program offers five tips for saving energy easy that can help families stay warm while keeping money in their wallets. In addition to savings, reduce energy consumption at home can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help combat climate change.

This winter, follow these five tips to help you save money on heating bills, keep your home comfortable, and protect the environment:

Evaluate your home Start the yardstick to compare home energy consumption of energy in your home to similar homes across the country and see how your home up to par. Then use our Home Energy Advisor to get recommendations for improving home energy typical for homes in your area.

Air leaks in your home Seal. Seal air leaks with caulking, spray foam or weather stripping will have a significant impact on improving your comfort and reduce energy bills. If you are adding insulation to your home, make sure to seal air leaks first, to ensure you get the best performance of your insulation.

Maintain heating equipment. Dirt and neglect are the number one cause of failure of the heating system. To maintain your equipment, check your air filter system every month and change it if it is dirty. At a minimum, change every three months. Pre-season testing schedule your equipment with a licensed contractor to ensure that your system running at peak efficiency.

Use a programmable thermostat.Control temperature of your home while you’re away or sleeping with one of the convenient settings pre-programmed on a programmable thermostat. When used properly, programmable thermostats can save you up to 180 annually in energy costs.

Look for Energy Star products.Whether you replace light bulbs or appliances in your home, ENERGY STAR qualified products can help you save energy and reduce energy bills. The Energy Star label is available on more than 60 types of products ranging from heating appliances and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). Also, look to the EPA Energy Star program for advice on how you can save at home such as using power strips as a central stopping point for electronics and office equipment, the computers and monitors are you off when not in use, and reverse the blade rotation on ceiling fans to help circulate warm air in a room.

If all U.S. households have followed the advice of heating and cooling, and they could save $ 14 billion in annual energy costs and prevent more than 160 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of annual emissions 14 million cars.

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