Does your home need an energy inspection? Taking a few minutes looking around your home today could pay off with future electric bills. Try these energy-saving tips to save money at your home:
- Find out how much attic insulation you have by simply measuring the depth. If you have less than a foot of insulation, you may need more. The DOE recommends about 12 inches of fiberglass blanket insulation for most U.S. homes.
- On the next windy day, move your hand over your homes’ windows and doors, plumbing fixtures, electrical panels, attic doors and cable/phone outlets (where air can get inside). Can you feel a soft breeze? Older homes may require caulking or weatherstripping and in extreme cases, you might consider purchasing energy-efficient replacements for your windows and doors.
- Trade in those incandescent light bulbs for energy-saving compact fluorescents or LEDs.
- Find out if your water heater feels warm to the touch. If it does, and especially if it was made before 1991, you may need to add an insulation blanket. Also check the thermostat setting. If you use a dishwasher that preheats water, you don’t need to set your water heater thermostat higher than 120 degrees.
- Be good to your heating and cooling systems. Have furnaces and HVAC systems professionally checked and serviced annually. If you use a forced-air heating system, change the filter every month. A properly maintained heating system can use around 10% less energy than a system that’s not in top condition.