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Energy Saving tips from Wx

More Energy Saving tips from the CASOKY Weatherization Department

by Paul Davis, Weatherization Director

Here are three more ways to save on your energy bills!

  1. Though our energy bills for our homes vary based on the construction and design, there are things we can do to reduce our cost. Based on energy usage, the average home in the U.S. uses 36 % for heating, and cooling. Lowering our thermostats in the winter to 68 degrees and in summer time raising them to 74 degrees will reduce our cost.
  2. About 24% of energy usage is spent for water heating. Most common water heaters will cost approximately $500.00 per year, if set to 120 degrees. This can be checked with a thermometer at the closest faucet to the water heater.  If it is set higher than 120 degrees, this will cost significantly more.
  3. Another way to save would be insulating your water heater tank using an insulation blanket that can be purchased at Lowes or other hardware stores. Always refer to the water heater or product manual as some heaters already have enough and could cause problems if wrapped. Also look for warning labels on the heater such as “DO NOT WRAP”.  

Also insulating the first 6 feet of the water lines near the heater both hot and cold lines with R-3 insulation wrap that can be found at local hardware stores will conserve energy. Special cautions should be used if you have a gas water heater as you don’t want to create a fire hazard.

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