Wednesday, January 12, 2011
10 Ways to Start Saving Energy at Home
If your New Year’s resolution is to save energy, money, or both: pay attention. You don’t need major investments in solar panels or wind turbines to start cutting energy use and costs. Instead, look for places where you can make small improvements that, collectively, add up to big savings on your monthly bills, while improving your home’s environmental picture. Here are 10 home energy improvements that aren’t out of reach.
1. Beef up insulation: There are quick ways to gauge whether your insulation is up to par, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. For example: if your home was built before the 1980s, if you find yourself shivering/sweating profusely inside your home on a regular basis, or whether your neighbor’s Pomeranian sounds like it’s barking in your living room. Putting the right level of insulation in your walls and ceilings can reduce your heating bills by 20% to 30%
Emagazine wraps up tips 2 through 10 here: