Prior articles have addresses what to do ‘today’ to make your home more energy efficient. This article will look at more in-depth, time consuming activities for the home owner to do over a weekend.
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy here are some bigger steps that you can do today what can lead to big results:
ü Collect your utility bills. Separate electricity and fuel bills. Target the largest bill for energy conservation remedies.
ü Crawl into your attic or crawlspace and inspect for insulation. Is there any? How much? Is it enough?
ü Seal up the largest air leaks in your house – the ones that whistle on windy days or feel drafty. The worst culprits are cut-throughs for pipes (plumbing), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
ü Install a clock thermostat to set your thermostat back automatically at night and when you are typically away from your house.
ü Schedule an energy audit (ask your utility company or state energy office) for more expert advice on your home as a whole.
The more proactive steps taken will go a long way to making your home more energy efficient. Saving energy will make a healthier home and helps protect the environment. Contact a qualified contractor or local utility office to get the best advice possible on how to make your home more energy efficient.