The average family spends about $2000 on energy every year. Nearly a third of this cost is associated with heating the house. This presents an opportunity to save money by first carrying out a home energy audit.
It seems that most audits will identify energy savings of at least 10 percent. That equates to just over one month’s energy consumption for free! With hurricanes and remnants of tropical storms sweeping the nation, paying attention to energy consumption associated with heating and cooling a home is an important step to reducing one’s environmental impact.
In this article, we’re going to talk you through how to conduct a home energy audit yourself. Read on!
Start With Easy Savings
Since heating is the largest part of most people’s energy bills, this is a good place to begin your home energy audit. You will want to make sure that cold air is not needlessly entering your house and that warm air isn’t escaping.
Check for drafts in your house. This could come from small gaps in the floor, from wall joints, poorly sealed windows and doors, and even from the attic. When you locate a draft, you’ll need to seal it using caulk, sealant, or weather stripping.
You can test how well-sealed windows are by using a dollar bill. Close the window with a dollar bill trapped and see if you can pull the dollar through. If you can, then your windows are, in a manner of speaking, losing dollars.
Lighten Your Energy Load
Check all the lights in your house to see the energy consumption ratings. You will be amazed at how many old lightbulbs you are still using.
Invest in energy-efficient bulbs or more efficient lighting technology like LED lights. This technology has developed a lot over recent years and can offer warmer and brighter lighting at reduced energy consumption.
Solar-powered lighting and other forms of solar energy can help reduce your electric consumption; so check out a solar installation company to see what will work for your home.
After heating, the next biggest portion of energy consumption in a household is associated with electronic items. Check the energy ratings, and where practical, replace old inefficient items that may use a lot of electricity.
Good examples are old kettles, microwaves, and especially the refrigerator which is on 24/7. Even if the refrigerator is not that old, make sure the door properly closes to form an airtight seal. If not, then you will be cooling the room with your refrigerator which is expensive.
Unplug unused electrical devices, turn them off from standby, or use socket timers to activate the power to the device. A device may not use a lot of energy on standby, but when you combine that across multiple devices and over time, it will add up over the year.
Start Your Home Energy Audit
In this article, you’ve read about how to conduct a home energy audit yourself. You don’t have to be a professional but you do need to use common sense. Start with the area that is costing you the most money. For most people that is heating, and then you can move onto lighting, and electronic items.
Be open to using energy-efficient technology and alternative energy sources for a more eco-friendly home.
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