DIY Energy Audit
Cut your household utilities bill with a few simple tasks that will make your home more energy efficient. Performing a DIY energy audit along with some energy efficient changes can start saving you money today!
Energy for lighting your home accounts for 10% of your electric bill. Replace inefficient bulbs with compact florescent lamps (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs) and start saving immediately.
Other quick fixes include unplugging an item when it is not in use, keeping all air vents clear of obstructions such as rugs or furniture, and turning off lights when you can use the sunshine instead. You can also try washing dishes (with the water off) then rinse, rather than washing and rinsing with the water running the entire time.
Larger cost savings come with installing energy star appliances, programmable thermostats, low flush toilets, water saving showerheads and faucets.
Another large energy eater is a drafty home. Before we are hit with the heat of summer, save yourself from expensive air conditioning costs by sealing off air leaks in your home. Pay close attention to gaps along baseboards, exterior corners, outdoor water faucets and any other spots where two building materials meet. Reducing drafts in a home will make it more comfortable and decrease your energy consumption anywhere from 5% to 30% per year.