HOME ENERGY SAVINGS …THE BASICS
Heating and cooling account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes. Insulation:
* saves money and our nation's limited energy resources
* makes your house more comfortable by helping to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house, and
* makes walls, ceilings, and floors warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
* Check the insulation in your attic, most homes in our neighborhood have fiberglass insulation. A rough way to determine the R value of your existing insulation is to multiply the depth of your insulation by 2.5. The recommended insulation for our Zip code is R49 or about 15 inches. Consult a professional if you need to add more Insulation. Look at the ductwork of the heating and air- conditioning system in your attic. They should not have any air leaks and should be well insulated.
* Check for air leaks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets.
* Check for open fireplace dampers.
* Make sure your appliances and heating and cooling systems are properly maintained. Check your owner's manuals for the recommended maintenance.
* Study your family's lighting needs, consider using the new LED lamps, dimmers and timers to reduce lighting use.
For additional information, please visit www.energy.gov