Home Energy Advice
Have you noticed higher energy bills recently? Fewer daylight hours, more time spent inside and chilly temperatures in many parts of the country mean that energy bills are on the rise at this time of year. Luckily, Energy Star has easy-to-use tools to help you assess and reduce the amount of energy used at home. And don’t worry if you live in a warm climate – these tools have recommendations for you, too!
- Home Energy Yardstick: Enter information from your energy bill, your home’s square footage and your zip code to compare your household energy use to others around the country. Visit www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=HOME_ENERGY_YARDSTICK.showGetStarted.
- Home Advisor: With just a few pieces of information – your zip code, the type of heating and cooling equipment you use, and the type of water heater you have – you can get instant tips to save energy at home. Tips include low-cost actions, such as sealing air leaks and choosing efficient light bulbs, and long-term investments like replacing windows and purchasing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. Visit www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=home_energy_advisor.showGetInput.
(Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. “Home Energy Yardstick,” www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=HOME_ENERGY_YARDSTICK.showGetStarted; “Home Advisor,” www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=home_energy_advisor.showGetInput)