Energy usage in our homes costs Americans on average $2,000 per year. Some families will spend over twice that this year alone, due to increased energy cost, large temperature swings, and out-dated or failing HVAC equipment. And as for office buildings and retail stores, well that number just goes up the more square feet you have. And if you are running a business, then energy expenses directly impact your overhead and you should definitely keep reading.
With that kind of money going out the window (literally), I think we can agree that improving our homes ability to conserve energy on a daily basis will be well worth the investment. Here is a list of things you can do, some right now, others may require some planning and saving, but all of them are worth considerring.
- Add foam strips to any seals around drafty doors and windows
- Use a programmable thermostat that can automatically change your heating set point while your not at home
- Make sure your attic and exterior walls are insulated well
- If you have electric resistive heat, upgrade to a heat pump
- If you have gas heat, update to a new high efficiency model, or a heat pump with gas heat backup.
- Turn your thermostat down a degree or 2
- Install dark wood blinds to reduce solar heat gain through your windows
If you are interested in getting your building evaluated to find potential energy savings opportunities, please check out Building Performance Evaluation.
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