High energy bills got you down?
You’re not alone.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical U.S. family spends roughly $2,200 per year on energy bills. This includes natural gas and electric, which are the most consumed energy sources in U.S. homes.
The amount of energy we use in our homes depends on a number of factors, including the climate in which we live and the number of energy-consuming devices we use on a daily basis.
If your utility bills are higher than normal, use the tips for saving energy at home below to save money and reduce your home’s energy use.
1. Schedule a Home Energy Assessment
The first step to saving energy at home is to schedule a home energy assessment, also referred to as a home energy audit. This will allow you to gauge how much energy your home consumes and determine what actions you can take to make your home more energy efficient. A professional home energy auditor will inspect the furnace and ductwork, examine insulation and check for leaks. Depending on what your needs are, you can save 5 to 30 percent on your annual energy costs by making upgrades recommended by an energy auditor. To find certified energy raters and auditors near you, visit the Residential Energy Services Network.