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Use These 5 Tips To Lower Your Heating and Cooling Bills

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Americans pay a whole lot of money to keep cozy. 

According to Energy Star, nearly half of the energy that the average household consumes goes to keeping the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Think about how much you could invest, how much debt you could squash, how much you could save for retirement if utilities didn’t cost so much.

But who says they have to? 

Here are a handful of tips that anyone can use to take the sting out of high energy prices without sacrificing comfort. 

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If you’ve ever wondered how much it costs to heat and cool your home, you might be surprised by the estimates:

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The time frame that you run your air conditioner can significantly increase your electric bill.

While these are just basic estimates of how much it could cost to heat and cool a home, there are tools out there to give you specific estimates. One, in particular, is Home Energy Saver, which is a government-sponsored website that helps you determine average energy costs based on your zip code. While it doesn’t break down heating and cooling costs separately, you do get an idea of the amount of savings you could enjoy if you upgraded to an energy-efficient home.

For instance, a Waller, Texas, ZIP code showed average energy costs of $1,435, with efficient home costs considerably lower at $1,027. On the other hand, Antelope, Oregon, showed a higher average energy cost of $3,017 with an efficient-home cost of $1,571.

Some other energy cost comparisons around the nation include:

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If you want, the site also allows you to make energy-saving calculations based on the year your home was built, the square footage, type of foundation and much more.

Ways To Cut Back on Heating and Cooling Costs

Different-sized homes, of course, come with energy costs. However, there are some surefire ways to cut those costs no matter your square footage. According to Energy Star, there are a number of ways to cut back on your energy costs while still heating and cooling efficiently:

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If you plan to upgrade your home for energy efficiency, make sure to estimate the cost of the upgrade as well as the amount of any tax credits you could take advantage of along the way. Whatever you can do to help bills lower during the peak heating and cooling seasons could be a major bonus to you.

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Andrew Lisa contributed to the reporting for this article.