According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average resident living in a home that was built in the 1980s consumed 77 million Btu of total energy. Those living in newer homes (built from 2000 to 2009) consumed 92 million Btu of energy in their household (19% more compared to residents who live in older homes). If you live in a newer home or just want to reduce your overall home energy costs, these tips will not only help you save energy but will decrease your monthly utility bills.
Fix insulation leaks
Check your home for insulation leaks on a regular basis, especially before the cold winter and hot summer hits. Sometimes homes leak air due to cracks or gaps in between walls. The most affordable way to fix these leaks is to spray the cracks and gaps with liquid insulation foam. Pick up a bottle at a hardware or home repair store. Squirt the spray foam into drilled holes in the wall to fix these insulation leaks.
Invest in Smart Strips
When you aren’t using electronic devices such as televisions, computers (or appliances such as coffeemakers and toasters), make sure to unplug them. If it’s difficult to remember to unplug these devices and appliances, buy a Smart Strip which automatically turns off power when devices and appliances aren’t being used.