Review the Results
Carefully review the results of your energy audit. First, make sure the results are reasonable and seem to match your circumstances. If something appears unrealistic, go back to your data entries and check for mistakes. Correct any mistakes and run the report again to get more accurate results.
Once satisfied that the results are realistic, start looking for obvious ways to reduce energy use:
- Energy conservation means eliminating energy use and waste. Are there conservation measures you can take to reduce energy use? Examples might include:
- turn off lights when room are unoccupied
- using motion detector security lights rather than dusk-to-dawn lights
- repair leaky faucets
- weatherstripping and caulking around windows and doors to eliminate air entering/leaving the house
- closing curtains or drapes to minimize radiant heat gain/loss through windows and patio doors.
- setting thermostats to the proper temperatures - 68F for heating and 78F for cooling
- closing vents in unused rooms of the house
- installing a programmable thermostat to reduce heating and cooling when people are not generally at home
- using the bathroom exhaust fan when bathing to exhaust hot, humid air and reduce cooling needs
- using the exhaust fan in the kitchen when cooking to exhaust hot, humid air and reduce cooling needs
- setting the water heater thermostat to 120F instead of 140F
- Energy efficiency means getting more value from the energy you purchase. Examples include:
- replacing incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs to deliver the same amount of light (lumens) with an energy savings of up to 75%
- replacing or refrigerators and other major appliances with energy efficient models
- proper maintenance of the heating/cooling system so it can operate at peak efficiency. This includes replacing hte air filter regularly.
Energy Efficiency Incentives:
A variety of incentives exist to help make home and business
energy conservation and efficiency improvements more affordable. Incentives may include low-interest loans and
tax credits. Plus, you have the built-in
incentive of reducing energy use and energy costs.
Energy Efficient Appliances:
Visit the ENERGY STAR website to learn about energy saving
appliances and products. ENERGY STAR products are independently
certified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality. Look for the ENERGY STAR label to save
money on your energy bills and help protect our environment.
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect
our climate through superior energy efficiency.
It was introduced in 1992 as a voluntary labeling program designed to
identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. Computers and monitors were the first labeled products. The program
has since been expanded to cover thousands of products as well as new homes and
commercial and industrial buildings and plants.