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Home Efficiency Tip 1: Energy Audit

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Drafty windows. Leaky faucets. Dirty air filters.

All are common issues and they’re not only annoying — they also cost you money in decreased energy efficiency and higher utility bills.

Would you like to save $200 to $400 a year on your energy costs? That’s how much the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program estimates that homeowners can save by incorporating technologies to make their homes operate more efficiently.

Of course, helping to protect you and your family is our goal at Condon-Meek, Inc., and keeping your home well-maintained usually means your home will be safer as well. Those are goals we all should share. Several of the tips below from the National Association of Home Builders will help you accomplish both. If you need further assistance don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-221-1964.

Home Efficiency Tip #1

Do a home-energy audit

Making your home more efficient can seem like an overwhelming task. But “auditing” your energy efficiency is something you can do yourself, and it’s relatively simple. This will show you where your home loses energy, how efficient your heating and cooling systems are, and ways you can decrease your electricity use. Just inspect the areas listed here and note the problems you find.

Check your home for air leaks with a visual inspection including:

Exterior:

Exterior corners

Outdoor water faucets

Siding and chimney connections

Interior:

Outlets

Switch Plates

Window and door frames

Air vents and ceiling fans

Dryer vent wall connection

Cable TV and telephone lines

Weather stripping around doors

Baseboards

Seal any air leaks with the appropriate material.

Check the insulation. Might be time to add more insulation than the base amount the builder installed.

Check your heating and cooling systems. Make sure to perform routine maintenance including changing air filters. Depending on the age of your unit, you may want to have it replaced which would reduce your energy consumption.

Examine the light bulbs in your house and consider replacing inefficient bulbs with energy-saving incandescents, CFLs or LEDs.

Appliances and electronics definitely have a large impact on your electric bill. To help reduce their energy consumption consider, unplugging when not in us or purchasing a new and more efficient model.

 

Keeping your home energy efficient is a great way to help protect your largest investment and of course another way to protect your investment is making sure your Home Insurance Policy is working for you. We can perform an audit on your home insurance policy, simply give us a call to set up an appointment 1-800-221-1964.