5 Tips for Energy Efficiency That Will Save You Money

In a world where it is easy for money to go out faster than it comes in, it is important to take advantage of every opportunity to save. In the case of energy saving, many people are allowing their money to fall through the cracks or out the window of their house or business and view it as unavoidable; after all, paying money is better than freezing or scaring away clients. Fortunately there is a simple solution: energy efficiency. Here are some tips:

  • Schedule an energy audit. This is a key step for home and business owners looking to form an energy efficiency or saving plan. These audits use specialized equipment, tools, and tests to determine where the most energy is being lost. Once the problem areas are identified, an authentic plan can be formulated to reduce energy usage and carbon footprint, save money, and make your home or business more comfortable.
  • Upgrade bulbs. According to energy.gov, changing to an energy efficient bulb such as a “CFL” compact florescent light bulb or “LED” light emitting diodes bulb can save seventy-five percent or more of your energy money. Both bulbs last longer than the inefficient incandescent bulbs and are sure to pay for their higher costs and more.
  • Weatherize access hatches. Although doors and windows are often thought to be the biggest culprits in energy loss, in a guide published by The Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Energy identified access hatches to unheated attics as being responsible for thirty-one percent of energy loss in a home. That’s more than three times the loss from windows and over double the loss from doors!
  • Seal ducts properly. The U.S. Department of Energy guide estimates that fifteen percent of lost energy in the typical home comes from “air leakage from ducts.” Depending on the results of your energy audit, it may be time for a better seal.
  • Check fireplace dampers. To help prevent losing energy up the fireplace, the U.S. Department of Energy guide recommends examining the dampers. Without the proper fitting dampers, air is permitted to move unimpeded both up and down the chimney resulting in higher energy costs.

An energy efficient home is essential, not only financially, but in regards to quality of life as well. Don’t suffer needlessly. Contact Home Energy Saving Solutions today for a home or business energy audit and put your plan together.

Learn more and schedule your cost-effective energy audit today call Home Energy Saving Solutions at 301.842.8818 or contact us here.