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Cheyenne Light Fuel & Power is always letting us know about practical tips, rebates, free in-home energy audits and more. You'll enjoy this.  Today on the Top 5 at 7:45, I'll highlight some inexpensive fixes which should cost you less than $20, that may cost you big in home energy costs. Thanks to Cheyenne Light Fuel & Power for the information.

  1. Kitchen Culprits - Every time you open the oven door to check on your Thanksgiving Turkey or cookies, you drop the temperature by about 25 degrees. This behavior increases cook time and wastes energy. You can avoid that by turning on the oven light. Just make sure the bulb doesn't need replaced before you turn the oven on.
  2. Programmable Thermostats - This is a big one around the home. In the winter, it has been suggested to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees and lower the temp 5 to 8 degrees at night while you sleep.
  3. Air Leaks - Cracks around the doors and windows in your home are a great area for warm air to escape outside. Watch those areas where natural gas, telephone lines and cable comes into your home. Ensure that these areas are caulked correctly and apply weather stripping where needed.
  4. Leaky Air Ducts - You can add hundreds of dollars to your energy bill if you have warm and cool air escaping from your duct work in your home each year. Seams on your ducts should be sealed with foiled duct tape or duct mastic so that your furnace and air conditioning units don't work harder in the winter and summer time.
  5. Dirty Air Filters - Dirty air filters cause resistance to air flow. When your units work harder, it causes wear and tear on the unit and costs you more money. Clean your air filters in accordance with the manufactures manual or at least check them once a month and keep that good air flowing as it should.

The Top 5 at 7:45 airs weekdays with me, Gary Freeman and sponsored by First Education Federal Credit Union.