1. Not realizing that you could be wasting up to
50% of your energy.
2. Not realizing that the energy you use in your home
is a drain on the environment and has detrimental effects.
3. Not taking
a home energy assessment to see if you are wasting energy and how.
the fact that many local utilities offer free energy audits.
that small things can make a difference. Just plugging up small holes in your
home can seal leaks and save energy.
6. Not comparing the cost versus value
of energy efficient appliances. Check what you currently spend versus what you
would spend with the energy efficient model and figure out how long it would take
to pay for the upgrade. In most cases, it will be worth it.
your insulation needs. You may need an update there too. If you haven't insulated
since the 1980s, you may want to look at some of the newer materials available.
8. Thinking weather has nothing to do with it. Weatherizing is key to saving
energy. Look at all the ways you can keep the weather out of your home.
Losing heat and cold. Since heating and cooling are 44% of your total energy bill,
your next big step is to look at how to retain your heat and cold
Follow this Mini-Course for designing and fulfilling your Energy
Plan. You'll be the coolest and the hottest homeowner, even when the weather outside
is the opposite! Plus you'll do the environment a big favor. Let's do the Quiz.
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