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Energy Saving Tips

These projects and energy saving tips will cut your energy consumption.

  1. How to Flush a Water Heater

    Have you flushed your water heater lately? This boring but important chore should be done at least once a year to remove sediment that accumulates on the bottom of the tank. That's especially true if you live in a hard-water area. The task is easy to blow off because it's out of sight—but skipping ...

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Air Leak Testing & Sealing

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    Follow these surprisingly easy tips and techniques for sealing air leaks in your home and save big money on your heating and cooling bills.

  2. Save Energy by Closing Heat Registers

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    It seems like a waste to heat unused rooms, but closing heat registers may actually increase heating costs, especially with newer systems.

  3. 9 Home Energy Conservation Tips for the Winter

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    Read expert tips about new, innovative and tried-and-true ways to tame your heating bills—without sacrificing comfort.

  4. Efficient Heating: Duel-Fuel Heat Pump

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    In cold climates, dual-fuel heat pumps (different from heat pumps used in the South) replace your air conditioner and save you money for both heating and cooling.

  5. DIY Solar Water Heating

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    You can install a solar hot water kit yourself to supplement your existing system and save on energy costs. The system will often pay for itself in several years. All photos courtesy of FAFCO.

  6. Getting Your Energy Source From the Sun May Save You

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    Photovoltaic solar panels are getting cheaper and more efficient, but they’re still not for everyone. These questions will help you decide if they make sense for your house. Photo by Shawn O’Connor/Getty Images

  7. Energy Saving Tips - Replace Your Refrigerator, Heating System and Water Heater

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    Does it pay to replace an old but still working appliance with a new, more efficient model? Learn how to calculate the real costs over the life of the appliance.

  8. How to Save Energy and Cut Cooling Costs

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    Keep cool and save money on air conditioning too. Here are the ten best ways to cut costs and improve your AC system.

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