Energy costs go up and down depending on the economy, but it is always a good idea to take a look at your energy usage to find out whether you could be a little more careful. There are many places in a home where energy could be saved with just some minor changes or a little more attention.

For example, while you might have found it annoying when your parents told you to turn the lights off in rooms you were leaving, it is definitely a smart way to prevent wasting energy. Any device that you don’t use should be turned off. This is especially so during vacations where you will be away from home for a long time. Adjusting the temperature on your climate control so the system doesn’t have to work hard to cool or heat an empty home will save you a lot. You can also turn your water heater to a lower setting since there won’t be anyone around to use the hot water.

Upgrading older appliances to modern, energy-saving appliances will also pay off in the long run.

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