Energy efficiency is a good way to reduce the demand for heating, cooling, and electricity. You can save a lot of energy (and money on utility bills) by changing your behavior, using more energy-efficient light bulbs, upgrading your appliances and HVAC equipment, and adding more insulation. When you build a new facility, home, or renovate an existing one, you have a chance to make it more energy-efficient through both the design and the technology you use.
Energy efficiency makes it so you use less energy to do the same job; energy conservation prevents the waste of that energy. Both are recommended.
There are countless ways to save on energy at home and up to 50% of your household's energy usage goes toward heating and cooling. That's why it's a good idea to check for leaky windows and doors, and seal up your home to keep the warm or cool air inside where it belongs. And without the right sealing and insulation — on your windows, doors, electrical components, and even attics — the warm or cool air inside your home can escape—wasting money and energy.
Going beyond just air sealing, insulation, and weatherization involves a complete HVAC system upgrade for your home.
Air sealing and insulation are much more effective (and affordable!) solutions than installing windows, according to industry-leading residential energy efficiency company Sealed. While most residential energy efficiency companies don't install windows, they are happy to coordinate window installation.
Local and electric utilities: many utilities offer rebates for energy-efficient purchases. It is always a good idea to check with your electric utility if they have any specific local rebate programs and recommendations. Not just that, but your state may also have event more incentives.
For more, read the the Energy Tax Credits article (TurboTax).
Conducting a home or energy audit is one of the first steps to saving energy and money. An audit will provide a clear picture of where energy is being used and how much it costs. Watch a short 3.5min video that details the home energy assessment process:
You can also learn how to conduct a home energy assessment yourself.
Before the audit, calculate your potential savings using this energy savings calculator. After getting your savings, get in touch with a local company or your electric utility company to get a residential energy audit. After the audit, make a plan specifying energy targets. Some energy targets may include simple energy efficient measures, such as:
After you take a home performance assessment, you are then best equipped to begin home upgrades to get the biggest comfort and savings. Projects entail:
For even more tips for your home, see 7 energy-efficient heating and cooling tips, along with
Make energy-saving upgrades to your household today through the energy savings calculator. You'll get energy savings estimates in just 60 seconds.