Follow these five smart ways to cut energy costs without sacrificing comfort.
5. SCHEDULE AN AUDIT
Don’t throw money out the window! Contact a home energy auditor for a home assessment.
Ask your utility company if it offers free or discounted energy audits. Many will send an expert to your home for free, and some offer rebate programs to help pay for energy-efficient upgrades.
Hire a home energy expert. A certified Home Energy Rater can perform an energy-efficiency inspection. A good inspector should be at your home for at least two hours and give you a prioritized list of energy-saving tips. Search the Residential Energy Services Network at www .natresnet.org/directory/raters .aspx to find a certified rater.
Do it yourself. Audit guidelines and money-saving tips are available online at hes.lbl.gov.
DID YOU KNOW? 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while they are not in use.