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7 Home Maintenance Tricks That Will Save Money and Energy

Make sure you remove built-up lint from the dryer filter, and inspect your dryer ducts and vents for any damages that might leak air. The circulation of the airflow can save you up to $165 in energy costs over the fan's lifetime, according to EnergyStar.gov. If possible, use a ceiling fan instead of your air conditioning to save on your energy bill. The cost of using an air conditioner averages 36 cents per hour of operation, but a ceiling fan costs roughly a penny per hour of use, according to Angie's List. The Department of Energy says replacing a dirty air filter can reduce your air conditioner's energy consumption by up to 15%. Reducing air leaks can cut about 10% of an average household's monthly energy bill, saving up to $200 a year in heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star. Seal any air leaks around your home with expandable foam. If you’re not familiar with checking air leaks, you can reach out to a professional energy assessor who will run a comprehensive energy audit of your home. According to Energy Star, using a 2.5 gallon-per-minute, low-flow shower head during a 10-minute shower will save about 5 gallons of water. You can also talk to your hardware store to learn more about water heater adjustment and installation.