How To Help Your Friends and Neighbors Save Money on Energy

February 13, 2011 · 25 comments

in Energy Saving

Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from CreateTheGood and more videos in the General Personal Finance category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at Spread the word: It’s easy to reduce energy consumption! By sharing these tips, you’ll help friends and family use less energy and save money. To complete this How-To you will need: An energy-saving checklist The willingness to help others An energy-saving checklist The willingness to help others Step 1: Get the facts Download a full checklist of energy-saving tips at Step 2: Offer to do a walk-through Offer to do a walk-through of friends’ homes, so you can help them identify ways they can reduce their energy spending. Start by closing vents and doors in rooms that aren’t being used. Step 3: Clean heat and A/C sources Make sure radiators, vents, and baseboard heaters aren’t blocked by curtains, furniture, or carpeting. If any heat or air-conditioning source is dirty, help clean it. Step 4: Check their water heater Look at their water heater and suggest lowering the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Reducing the temperature by 20 degrees can save nearly $50 per year without sacrificing comfort. Step 5: Look for drafts Check for drafts. Improperly sealed ducts in attics and garages alone can

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