As temperatures drop and your energy focus turns from cooling your home to heating it, it’s a great time to think about saving energy too! Whether your home is old or new, chances are you are spending more on energy costs than necessary.
You can conduct a basic energy audit of your home to identify where you are losing energy (and money). But, remember, the audit itself won’t save you money unless you act on your findings.
So, where to start? If your home has multiple levels, work from the top down. Begin in your attic, and work your way down to the basement.
1. Insulation and air leaks (drafts) – According to the Department of Energy, improving your home’s insulation and sealing air leaks are the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy waste and make the most of your energy dollars. Check to see whether there is sufficient insulation in the attic. Are openings containing piping, ductwork and chimney sealed?
2. Do you have computers, printers, DVD players, phones and gaming consoles not being used. If items can be turned off without disrupting your lifestyle, consider plugging them into a power strip that can be turned on and off (or put on a timer).
3. Lighting – Can you replace any incandescent light bulbs with a CFL or LED? Are there places where you can install motion sensor lights in low use areas, such as a closet, porch or garage?
4. Thermostat/indoor temperature – When was the last time you checked your programmed thermostats? Is the date and time correct? Is it set so the temperature is lower during the day and/or times when no one is home and at night when people are sleeping? Also, consider lowering the temperature a few degrees.
5. Appliances and cleaning – If your appliances are more than ten years old, they are likely not as energy efficient as today’s options. Wash clothes in cold water instead of hot. Insulate your hot water heater. Clean your dryer vent – this will not only save energy, it may also prevent a fire.
Once you have completed the audit, take a look at the findings. Prioritize actions that you can take based on your time and budget, weighing where you can get the most impact for your investment. Increasing your home’s energy efficiency will make your family comfortable while saving you money.
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If you would like to take your savings to the next level and have an audit conducted by one of our trained energy advisors, contact us today at 866.242.4232 for your FREE energy audit.
Source: Anne Prince