A recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy reports that residential use accounts for more than 20% of the United States’ total energy consumption. By “going green” homeowners are not only helping the planet, they are helping themselves save money in the long run.
Improving your home’s energy efficiency is a great place to start as wasted energy is clearly measurable in those monthly utility bills. Begin with the basics: air leaks through doors and windows, inefficient cooling and heating systems, and outdated appliances can all make an impact in your hoe’s energy usage -and your wallet.
In addition to aforementioned door and window leaks, check the attic and basement that they are properly sealed.
Upgrading major appliances can save energy without sacrificing performance. If possible, buy ENERGY STAR-certified products.