How to Check for Energy Efficiency in Your Home

In today’s turbulent economy, people are looking for ways they can save money. One of the most often overlooked ways for people to hold on to more of their hard earned cash is by making sure their home is running as efficiently as possible. That could mean anything from turning off lights in unoccupied rooms to making sure your thermostat is set to a lower temperature.

The average household spends around $2000 annually on their utilities. Heating and cooling the home will take about half of that amount alone. The next highest users of a household’s energy are electronic devices, such as computers, TVs and appliances. Then there are the water bills, rounding out the last of the annual bill budget. Making sure everything in your home is in top working order or in good repair can help slash those bills and let you use more of the money you’ve worked so hard to get on other things.

Here are some tips to help you make the best use of your resources:

  • Turn down your thermostat to about 68 degrees in the winter and wear warmer clothing to keep warm. In the summer, set your thermostat to 78 and wear lighter, loose fitting clothes to stay cool and save money.
  • Upgrade your thermostat to one of the newer, programmable models. These can be set to the proper temps and can even be programmed to only heat or cool your home when you are actually there, and not while you are at work or on vacation.
  • Install ceiling fans or get a few portable fans to help circulate the air in your home in both the summer and winter months. These fans can help keep you cool in the summer and will help to evenly distribute warm air in the winter, making your AC and HVAC units more efficient.
  • Turn off electronic devices when you aren’t using them. If you are leaving a room and know you won’t be back for a while, turn off the lights, TV or any other energy using devices. If you aren’t there to see them, they shouldn’t be on, and this can add up to a significant savings if you make a habit of it.
  • Have your home assessed by a trained technician who is trained and competent in this area. He can probably pinpoint trouble spots for you and give you an idea of what needs repaired and what needs replaced.

By following these steps and others, you can make your home a more efficient and comfortable place and save a little money in the long run.

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