With the average household spending $1,900 a year on energy costs, efforts are always being made to reduce this impact on our wallets. With a majority of this cost going towards heating and cooling the home during the peak winter and summer months, the Energy Star
program has come up with four simple recommendations that will help you HEAT your home and save up to 20% on a typical energy bill.
- Home Sealing - Seal all air leaks and check to see if you need to add insulation. Pay particular attention to the attic and basement as these are where the biggest gaps and cracks are often found. Check for drafts around windows and doorways by holding an incense stick around potential leaks. If you see the smoke flow horizontally, there is a leak in that area.
- Equipment Maintenance - Just as you would get a check-up for your health each year, make sure that you get a check-up for your heating system. Have a professional come out to clean any dirt or build-up from your heating system as well as check for routine maintenance that can help it run more efficiently. Something you can do is replace the furnace filter as it will help save energy while improving air quality.
- Ask For Energy Star products. After testing in individual categories, these products have proven to be more energy efficient.
- Thermostat. Programmable thermostats help you save energy by adjusting the climate while you are away. Using a programmable thermostat with the appropriate settings can save up to $150 a year in energy costs.