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Green Ideas for the Colorado HomeownerKnowledge is power…and being armed with a little bit of knowledge about how our home works can help you save a bundle on your energy bills. Here’s a short quiz:

  1. Which of these two actions is the best way to cut down on air leaks in your home?
    • Add more insulation
    • Caulk and Seal
  2. What’s the optimal temperature for your hot water heater?
    • 120 degrees
    • 140 degrees
  3. How often should you check your furnace filters?
    • Monthly
    • Quarterly
    • Annually
  4. Does raising or lowering your thermostat a degree or two have much impact on energy use?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. What uses the most water?
    • Washing machine
    • Toilet
    • Sink

Answers:

  1. Air leaks can increase your heating and cooling bill by 10%, so start caulking and sealing those leaks.
  2. Anything higher than 120 degrees wastes energy and poses the potential to scald.
  3. Monthly. A clean filter can shave 5 – 15 % off your utility bills.
  4. Yes. You can shave 5% off your energy bill for every degree you lower your thermostat below 70 degrees in the winter.
  5. Toilet Flushing generally accounts for more than a third of your water use. New and improved high-efficiency toilets use 60% less water than older models.

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