There’s something invigorating in the springtime air and the warm sunshine streaming in through the windows that make many of us want to clean our homes from attic to basement. We finally get rid of unused or broken items, re-organize the rest, and generally refresh everything, inside and out.
What a great time to also review our home’s energy usage, and take some actions to increase energy efficiency. In the spirit of spring cleaning, the team here at Thompson Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling has put together a list of energy-saving ideas. Maybe you’d like to squeeze a few on to your home’s springtime cleanup and landscaping list!
A Home Energy Audit
According to the Department of Energy, an average U.S. household spends $2,200 a year on utility bills. One of the best ways to lower those expenses is to do a home energy audit. An audit will help you discover exactly how much power your home uses, and also how much it wastes or loses. Then you can draw up a plan for the best, most affordable ways to lower your utility bills.
Many power companies offer free audits to help homeowners find out how much energy their household uses on heating, cooling, electronics and other appliances. Here in the Tristate area, Duke Energy is currently offering free energy audits, called Home Energy House Calls. Here’s a link with more information: http://www.duke-energy.com/ohio/savings/home-energy-house-call.asp
You can also hire a professional to do a home energy inspection. Professional home energy inspectors use a variety of tools, like infrared camera images, to show exactly where your house is losing energy. This is usually the most thorough and effective type of energy audit, but be careful to hire an independent company, not one who is connected with an energy saving product and might be using the audit as a sales opportunity.