DIY Home Energy Audit

By Brian Clark Howard, The Daily Green:

The first step to saving energy and money around the house is to find out how much you are already using.

Energy costs continue to rise, placing ever-greater pressure on households. And the energy you use to heat and cool your home is a large part of your carbon footprint.

By knowing what to look for you can conduct your own home energy audit. Here’s how to get started.

1. Get to Know Your Energy Bills

Bills are never fun, but don’t forget that they contain valuable information along with the pain. Compare your heating and cooling costs by month for as many years past as you can, and look for trends in usage or obvious changes. Do you see any spikes? Can you remember why? Your utility can make older bills available to you by calling customer service… Read more

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