Energy Audit Your Home

by Lois Etienne on February 24, 2012

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that money is flying out of leaky windows, being used up by old appliances and evaporating through insufficient insulation.

Aside from reducing expenses, energy conservation is good for the health of homeowners. Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. The quality of indoor air is often worse than the air outside. When done right, energy efficiency upgrades will also improve indoor air quality and make your home safer and more comfortable.

Your utility company may offer energy audits, which could help you identify where you could improve energy efficiency in the home. The U.S. Department of Energy has a booklet with instructions for conducting an energy audit. You can locate that by visiting http://hes.lbl.gov/consumer/.

Also, talk with your utility company about these issues. Many have budget plans that can help you avoid unexpected increases.

There are simple ways that you can help reduce your bills as well. For instance, if your health allows, try to keep your thermostat set a little higher in the summer and lower in the winter. In addition, don’t cook on hot days or do your laundry during the warmest times of the day. Close curtains and shades to block the sun’s heat.

Energy efficiency improvements could decrease wasted money from flying out of your house and your pockets.

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