We are ALWAYS looking for ways to save energy and Dorie has a great list from the U.S. Department of Energy as to what the top Energy Zappers are around the home!
Take a peek at the list and see if you have any of these culprits around your home – they are easy fixes and can save you quite a bit of money not to mention CONSERVE ENERGY!
Know what the #1 Energy Efficiency Killer for Your Home is?
It’s your failure to change your heating and cooling filters on a regular basis!
It’s July and for many of us in Texas we are beginning to experience the hottest temperatures of the year! The U.S. Department of Energy encourages us to make sure our homes are energy efficient. Check out this great energy savers booklet provided:
Here are 12 items that commonly cause loss of heat and air to check in your home:
1. Dirty filters
2. Dropped ceiling
3. Recessed light
4. Attic entrance
5. Sill plates
6. Water and furnace flues
7. All ducts
8. Door frames
9. Chimney flashing
10. Window frames
11. Electrical outlets/switches
12. Plumbing/utility access
With remediation of any or all of these items a significant savings could be realized.
Owning a home means you need to be aware of proper maintenance in order to keep your home running as energy efficient as possible. Forming a whole house efficiency plan is a must. You need to obtain advice from a professional so you can make smart choices to maximize energy efficiency and save the most of your hard earned dollars.
To find the right contractor try the following:
Ask neighbors and friends for recommendations
Look in the yellow pages or on the internet for LOCAL companies
Look for licensed insured contractors
Get 3 detailed written bids
Ask for references and check them out
Check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints
Check out Austin Energy for an Austin Energy Audit
Check with your local Realtor for references
Austin prides itself on implementing measures to rank in the top cities for a “green environment.” Take advantage of all the programs available to you to save big money long term.
I live, work and play in Austin and am here to help you in all your home ownership needs. Call me if I can be of assistance at 512-346-1799 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org