As our temperatures begin to drop, your energy concerns will shift from cooling to heating. Are their ways that you can save on your heating bills? Let me suggest that you Do-It Yourself home energy audit. Once you do a walk through with this DIY energy audit, you can decide where you can make the biggest gains in energy savings with your heating bills. Start your energy audit with the following areas.
The Department of Energy says that improving your home’s insulation and sealing air leaks are the fastest way to reduce energy waste. Check to see that you have sufficient insulation in your attic. Seal any air leaks around pipes and ductwork.
If you are like the average home, you a variety of electronic devices that is draining energy eve n when they are not in use. Consider plugging your electronic devices into a power strip that can easily be turned off to save energy on multiple devices.
Have you replaced your incandescent lights with CBL or LED lights? This is not only an immediate cost saving, you are investing for the future.
Most new furnaces come with a programmable thermostat. When was the last time you programmed your thermostat? Lowering the temperature at night or when no one is at home saves a considerable amount of energy dollars.
Another big user of your energy are your appliances. If some of these appliances are more than 10 years old, you may wish to consider buying a newer, higher efficiency appliance. Cleaning the vents and other aspects of the appliance can improve the performance of these appliances to use less energy.
Once you have completed this simple audit, prioritize where areas you can afford to take action and which areas you can save the greatest amount of energy. Then put your plan in motion.