Before you open up your wallet for a home energy auditor, try our do-it-yourself home energy audit tool on the web—The HOME ENERGY SAVER. Enter info about your house and get a customized list of energy savings recommendations. HES will help you ID measures that an auditor can explore for you in greater depth.
A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings during the heating season can save energy and money.
You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.
Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and…
Posted by Diane Chojnowski on December 5, 2016 at 6:30am
Blog originally posted on BPIhomeowner.org.
“Going green” is an overwhelming concept for some - especially those who have large homes in need of many upgrades. However, you can do lots of things to improve your home’s footprint that don't take much energy, time, or money.
These six tips below will help you cut costs on your utility bills as well as give your house more curb appeal.
You don't need a landscape architect to plan out a lovely garden area or just add some color to your front lawn. All you need is a general idea of what you want and where you want it to go. Hanging…Continue
Posted by Quinn Korzeniecki on November 28, 2016 at 8:01am
Save on heating and cooling costs by checking for air leaks in common trouble spots in your home.
Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase comfort, and create a healthier indoor environment. Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often one year or less. Caulk is generally used for…
Posted by Diane Chojnowski on November 21, 2016 at 6:54am
Lighting your house is no minor expense. It's about 10% of your electric bill. If you change just 15 old bulbs to energy efficient light bulbs, you'll save about $50 a year on your electric bill. Use only the most efficient bulbs and your savings go up!
Posted by Diane Chojnowski on November 14, 2016 at 7:52am
For a thorough and accurate measurement of air leakage in your home, hire a qualified technician to conduct an energy assessment, particularly a blower door test.
You may already know where some air leakage occurs in your home, such as an under-the-door draft, but you'll need to find the less obvious gaps to properly air seal your home.
For a thorough and accurate…
Posted by Diane Chojnowski on November 7, 2016 at 1:30pm
While trick or treaters are roaming the streets in search of screams and sweets, a hidden terror could already be lurking in your home. We’re talking about energy vampires -- evil ghouls that suck electrical power from your appliances when you aren’t using them, taking a big bite out of your wallet.
For instance, mobile phone chargers that are left plugged in after your phone is disconnected consume…Continue
Posted by Diane Chojnowski on October 31, 2016 at 8:30am