Below are areas around your home where you can start saving
money and cut your utility costs.
You can conduct a simple home energy assessment by doing it yourself (DIY) or,
for a more detailed assessment, contact your local utility or an energy auditor.
- Check the insulation in your attic,
exterior and basement walls, ceilings,
floors, and crawl spaces. To determine the
insulation R-values in different parts of
your home, visit the
Air Leaks and Insulation section.
- Check for air leaks around your walls,
ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing
fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets.
- Check for open fireplace dampers.
- Make sure your
heating and cooling systems are properly
maintained. Check your owner's manuals for
the recommended maintenance.
- Study your family's
lighting needs and look for ways to use
controlsólike sensors, dimmers, or timersóto
reduce lighting use.
Choose an area
below and start saving today.
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How We Use Energy in Our Homes
Heating accounts for the biggest portion of your utility bills.
Source: 2010 Buildings Energy Data Book, Table 2.1.1 Residential
Primary Energy Consumption, by Year and Fuel Type.