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How To Help Your Friends and Neighbors Save Money on Energy

Watch more How to Help Others videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Help your friends and neighbors save money on energy with these eco-friendly tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Get the facts Download a full checklist of energy-saving tips at Step 2: Offer to do a walk-through Offer to do a walk-through of friends' homes, so you can help them identify ways they can reduce their energy spending. Start by closing vents and doors in rooms that aren't being used. Step 3: Clean heat and A/C sources Make sure radiators, vents, and baseboard heaters aren't blocked by curtains, furniture, or carpeting. If any heat or air-conditioning source is dirty, help clean it. Step 4: Check their water heater Look at their water heater and suggest lowering the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Reducing the temperature by 20 degrees can save nearly $50 per year without sacrificing comfort. Step 5: Look for drafts Check for drafts. Improperly sealed ducts in attics and garages alone can boost utility bills by 25 percent. And look for gaps around windows, doors, and pipes that connect to the house from the outside. If they have a window air-conditioning unit, encourage them to either remove or cover it during the winter. Tip They may need professional assistance to seal gaps, but the price for the service can be worth the long-term savings. Step 6: Explain the 10-10 Rule Explain the 10-10 rule: Lowering their thermostat in winter by 10 percent for eight hours, like while they sleep, can shave 10 percent off their heating bill. Tip People age 65 and older should consider local public-health directives and weather warnings before adjusting their thermostats. Step 7: Ask about air filters Ask when they last cleaned or replaced their furnace or A/C air filter. A clean one can save 10 percent on their energy costs. Step 8: Use efficient bulbs Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent bulbs, which use 75 percent less energy, and last up to 10 times longer. That can translate into savings of up to $30 over one fluorescent bulb's lifetime! Did You Know? Help with energy or home weatherization costs may be available for eligible residents. Check with your local utilities and department of social services for more information.
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