1. Clean or replace AC filters monthly or as needed. A well-maintained cooling system will run more efficiently and use less energy.

2. Simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5% to 30% a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That means it pays to seal up gaps with caulking and weatherstripping.

3. Pay less for hot water by insulating pipes. That can also help decrease the chance of pipes freezing.

4. You can lose up to 10% of heating and cooling capacities if your air ducts are not well sealed. Seal your air ducts with duct tape. Be sure to purchase the shiny metal duct tape, as the cloth duct tape tends to dry out quickly and become ineffective.

5. Installing insulation is generally the single best step to take to reduce energy waste. Without adequate ceiling insulation, heat goes right through the roof.

by: Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

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