One common misconception we often hear is that upgrading your home’s efficiency will cost thousands and thousands of dollars. The truth is, not upgrading your homes efficiency is already costing you thousands of dollars. Sure, some upgrades are very expensive, but you’d be surprised to know that many of them are not.
Here are just a few examples of simple upgrades can have a huge impact on your energy costs:
- Adding weatherstripping
- Air sealing
- Adding insulation
- Upgrading to ENERGY STAR appliances, fixtures and products. The ENERGY STAR program has helped promote more widespread use of efficient fluorescent lighting, power management systems for office equipment and low standby energy use. These new technologies saved Americans an estimated $17 billion in energy costs in 2009.
- Upgrading to low-flow faucets & toilets
- Responsible irrigation practices. Landscape irrigation consumes large quantities of water. Outdoor uses can account for 30% of the 26 billion gallons of water used daily in the United States.
- Getting rid of your incandescent light bulbs
- Eliminate standby power with “smart” power strips
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