The average American household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of this going toward heating and cooling. Have you ever wondered if there’s anything you could do to lower these costs?
Figuring out which energy-efficient improvements to make in your home can seem overwhelming. Luckily, the Residential Energy Audit Program has been custom-designed to help you identify and implement improvements that can help reduce energy costs while increasing the comfort and efficiency of your home.
When you participate in this program, you will learn how your home measures up in terms of air leakage, proper insulation and heating and cooling system operations. During your audit, a BPI-certified auditor will evaluate your heating and cooling system, insulation and windows, and conduct a blower door test to detect air leaks that could be costing you money. Your auditor may also install up to $200 worth of energy-saving products, including:
- CFL and LED bulbs
- LED nightlights
- Smart power strips
- Furnace whistle
- Kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators*
- Energy-efficient showerheads*
- Pipe insulation*
*Electric water heating customers only
Upon completion of the audit, you may be eligible to receive a rebate up to $250, and earn additional rebates based on the energy-savings achieved as a result of audit-recommended upgrades.
Keep it simple: low-cost, DIY tips for staying cool this summer
Even if a Residential Energy Audit isn’t in your budget this season, there are plenty of actions you can take to save energy and money during the hot summer months. Try these simple tips to start saving today:
- Seal your air ducts. As much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home’s duct system is lost due to leaks and poor connections. Insulate all the ducts you can access (such as those in attics, crawl spaces, unfinished basements and garages) using mastic sealant or metal tape.
- Make sure that connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet floors, walls and ceilings. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.
- Consider hiring a contractor to seal and insulate the ducts you can’t reach yourself. Visit www.energystar.gov/homeimprovement to learn about how to choose the right contractor.
- Add insulation to your attic to keep cool air in. If every U.S. household did this, Americans would collectively save more than $1.8 billion* in yearly energy costs.
Remember, making improvements such as the ones listed above will pay off in the months to come by helping prepare your home to be more energy efficient during the cooler months as well. Learn more about ways to stay cool and save money this summer, and enjoy the long-term savings on your energy bills. And if you’re ready to schedule your Residential Energy Audit, visit http://energysavepa-home.com/residential-energy-audit to take the next step!