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.

 

Do-It-Yourself Energy Assessment Tips
 
  • 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 appliances and 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.
Energy Saving Tips

 

Choose an area below and start saving today.  

 

 

 

                                                                              

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Pie chart showing that space heating accounts for 45% of home energy use, water heating for 18%, wet cleaning for 3%, refrigeration for 4%, cooking for 4%, lighting for 6%, computers and electronics for 6%, space cooling for 9%, and other for 5%.

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.