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Are You Energy Efficient?

Tightened 100 dollar roll.Lets face it, today people are becoming more aware of the fact that we consume and waste much more energy than we should. We do this in many ways that you might not expect.

For example:

  • If that tea kettle only needs enough water for one mug of coffee don’t fill it to the top causing your stove to work harder in reaching a boil.
  • If your light bulbs are not incandescent, switch them out to save money and energy.
  • In the summer months, take advantage of the weather and line dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. They will smell naturally fresh and that good old sun of ours will take the stains right out!

See this detailed energy saving list for more great ideas!

The Average Californian home consumes around 567 kw/h costing around $83.70 per month. When the weather changes, this price can go up rather fast. If you live in a home that has not been upgraded with energy efficient appliances and has not been checked for air leakage and poor insulation, your energy consumption can be way more than it should be. Here are a few questions that will help you see how energy efficient you are:

  1. Has my home been checked for air leakage around my doors, windows, and attic?
  2. Have my HVAC systems been cleaned and up to date?
  3. Are my HVAC systems and household appliances energy efficient?
  4. Is my insulation in the right place and is it the correct insulation I need for my specific home?
  5. Are my floors properly insulated?
  6. Are my lighting fixtures using Incandescent bulbs?
  7. Have I looked into solar power as a saving option?
  8. Are my windows high performance and installed correctly leaving no gaps for escaping air?
  9. Do I have a reflective coating on my roof to help the heat from the sun reflect off my home instead of being absorbed, saving me from using my AC more than needed?
  10. Do I change my AC’s air filters at least once a month to keep my unit running at its peak?

Educate yourself on how you can save energy everyday. It will undoubtably put that hard earned money back where it belongs—into your pocket.