Home Energy Saving Tips

Home Energy Saving Tips

Whether you rent or own your home, it is always beneficial to take an audit of your home to see what areas could be improved to save you money.  Following are some of the areas to check:

Air leaks and insulation:  Sealing air leaks is the quickest way to reduce energy waste.  Air leaks can lead to huge energy loss.

Heating and Cooling:   Proper maintenance of your heating and cooling systems is essential for maintain your systems efficiency.   Receiving annual check-ups from a professional HVAC professional is a good way to determine this.

Water heating:  Water heaters are the second area of the home that uses the most energy.   Four areas to cut your water heating bill are to: use less hot water, turn down the thermostat, insulate the water heater, or buy a new more efficient model.

Windows:  Windows can account for 10-25% of your heating bill by letting heat out.  Installing double-pane versus single pane is always a wise investment.

Lighting:   Switching to energy efficient light bulbs is probably the easiest and least expensive ways to save energy in your home.

Appliances:  If you are in the market for a new appliance, always look for the ENERGY STAR label.  This label also shows the operating cost of the appliance, something wise to consider.

Home office and electronics:  ENERGY STAR labels are also on home office electronics.  With more people working from home, this is something to consider when purchasing a new electronic device for your home.

Check out the following link for an abundance of home energy saving tips and ideas:  http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2013/06/f2/energy_savers.pdf

 

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