How much energy do you waste in your home every day? The answer will probably shock you. Save money on your energy bills and protect the environment by learning how to audit your home’s energy consumption:
Locate and seal air leaks
Sealing air leaks can save you up to 20 percent on your electric bill and will make your home much more comfortable. Common leak spots include gaps along the baseboards, flooring edges, windows and doors, lighting and plumbing features, and electrical outlets.
Particularly if you’re in an older home, the amount of insulation installed when the structure was built is probably inadequate by today’s standards. If your attic hatch is above a conditioned space, check to make sure it is at least as heavily insulated as the attic, closes tightly, and is weather stripped. Avoid blocking attic vents with insulation.
Evaluate your heating and cooling systems
Nearly half of the average home’s energy use comes from heating and cooling. If your systems are more than 15 years old, it’s best to replace them. Regardless, check for air leaks in duct seams and joints.
Reduce energy waste
Could you install a low-flow showerhead to reduce hot water use? Do you turn off lights when you leave a room and unplug unnecessary appliances? What about replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs? All of these can help reduce energy waste, and energy bills.