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Ressler
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Posted - 09/11/2019 :  11:44:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone,,
A bit of info: I live in the Northeast in a small house that was fully renovated about 20 years ago. Most of the front of the house is sliding glass doors (6 panels), which I imagine lose a lot of heat in the winter and a/c in the summer - especially because I'm on a lake and get a lot of wind. My water heater, heat, central A/C, and appliances are all about the same 20 years old. Lights are mostly halogen, some incandescent.

I don't have much disposable income, so I'm looking for things I can do that will save what they cost within a year. Got anything?


Edited by - Ressler on 09/14/2019 09:29:49 AM

Tfitzpatri8
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Posted - 09/11/2019 :  12:51:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Replacing halogen and incandescent lighting with LED bulbs offers a speedy return on investment. A Nest thermostat will challenge you to reduce your heater/AC use and can automatically switch to more conservative settings when it doesn’t see you moving around, that’d be another relatively inexpensive upgrade.
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oberkc
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Posted - 09/12/2019 :  04:03:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I know someone who had an energy audit performed on his house. They identified, among other things, sources of air infiltration. Some of the fixes for those problems are relatively easy and inexpensive.
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Sharry87
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Posted - 09/25/2019 :  5:28:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Like Tfitz mentioned, LED, A/C optimization, etc, can all help with energy bills. I'd keep in mind that the more smart home devices you add in, the higher electricity bill will be as well...
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