It seems like everyone these days is talking about going green and energy audits. Chances are your power company has even sent you some sort of statement comparing your energy use to that of your neighbors. If you’re worried about your energy use or if you want to save some money, you might want to consider improving the energy efficiency of your home.
For starters, check your thermostat. Keeping your home ice cold in the summer time or boiling hot in the winter time is costing you big time. Ideally you want to keep your home at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees or below in the winter time and use ceiling fans to make it feel more comfortable. You should also consider upgrading your heating and cooling systems to newer, more efficient models. Even geothermal energy can be a useful alternative.
Also check your insulation. Use weather stirpping and consider replacing your old leaky windows and doors. The up front cost might be on the high side, but it will pay off big time in the long run. Finally, consider adding solar panels to your home to harness the energy of the sun. Learn more about making your home energy efficient from this infographic.