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How to save energy costs in your home-Save money in the winter by making some changes

Updated on October 3, 2011

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Everyone wants to cut costs on those utility bills and there are many cheep ways to do so. One way to save money on energy bills is with energy saving light or compact fluorescent light. I went through my home and changed all my regular cheep bulbs with these type of bulbs and my electric bill was a fraction of the cost. These bulbs give the same amount of light but can save around 75% less energy. Watch for the Star logo when buying your bulbs.

Use a Pellet stove to cut heating bills

Another way to cut costs of this years heating bills I chose to install a pellet stove. Pellet stoves provide more heat per dollar than natural gas, propane or heating oil although it is a costly investment when first purchasing the pellet stove. Pellets are convenient, easy to handle and produce far less ash. A pellet stove will not work when the power goes out unless it is hooked up to a battery backup or a generator. The pellets are made of commonly grown plants or trees.The most commonly used pellets are made of sawdust and ground wood chips.

By taking steps to change the way we use energy and use energy saving methods you can greatly reduce your electric and fuel bill and help keep the environment a cleaner place.

Not everyone has the money to convert everything in there home to the energy saving appliances and products available including me. My next purchase when I have the money will be the tank less hot water heater. The Rinnai tankless hot water heater is ideal for 2 to 3 bathrooms and delivers 7.5 gallons of hot water per minute while saving energy and money. The Rinnai also qualifies for the Energy Star tax credit.

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    • kmackey32 profile imageAUTHOR

      kmackey32 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      really? How do I find out about this grant. Most of the time grants go on household income and I am always just over the limit, although on my income I am poor... Soooo unfair...

    • lyjo profile image

      lyjo 

      7 years ago

      These are great ideas, there is another form of heating & air conditioning called Geothermal, it is quite expensive to have installed, $10,000-$15,000.00 but there are gov't grants available depending where you live, the great thing about this is there is no heating or airconditioning costs as it takes warm air from the ground in the winter, and cool air in the summer, so it would pay for itself in a few years...I love the tankless hot water idea, something else we will be installing in the next little while. Informative hub, thanks, take good care,

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