As part of my real estate practice, I have been suggesting a great energy saving resource called Mass Save . We are so fortunate in Massachusetts to have this energy saving resource, particularly in the hot and cold months. They offer a service (as well as tips) to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Specifically, they offer:
A home energy assessment is a professional audit of how you use energy in your home and where you can make improvements. Making changes can save you money on your monthly energy bills. Plus, many of those changes will qualify you for rebates and discounts.
Here’s an easy way to get started with energy efficiency. Instant coupons and mail-in rebates on ENERGY STAR light bulbs, lighting fixtures, freezers, refrigerators, room air conditioners, advanced power strips, pool pumps, and room air cleaners.
A new heating, hot water, or central air conditioning system is a big investment. They offer home energy assessments, expert guidance, quality installation, and incentives and rebates on energy-saving heating systems, water heaters, central air conditioning, and insulation.
Below is a sample of simple ideas from Mass Save:
- Clean windows. Clean windows let in more warm sunlight than dirty ones.
- Prepare windows to trap heat and seal out cold. One of the most important things to do is make sure your windows are sealed. This might involve glazing windows or replacing old weather stripping with new.
- Get an HVAC Check-Up. A good, professional HVAC check-up could save you hundreds on utility bills. The professional will check for blockages, inspect seals, and test the system to ensure it’s working at its most efficient.
- Clean your gutters. Leaves that collect in gutters can cause blockages in your home’s external water drainage system—which could lead to leaks that can be costly.
- Adjust your thermostat. Now that fall has arrived and the temperatures are officially dropping, reset your thermostat to save energy. The best way to use a thermostat to manage temperatures is to use a programmable thermostat. The article “Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat” explains the features and benefits of these units.
- Clean your refrigerator. The refrigerator accounts for 4% of the average American’s annual utility bill. During your fall cleaning, take the time to vacuum its condenser coil (it’s usually in the back or on the bottom) to make sure the fridge is running efficiently. Throw out old food to ensure that your fridge is cooling food you want—not food that’s trash.
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Most water heaters default to 140 degrees. Water above 120 degrees Fahrenheit can scald skin—and cost you lots of money. So set the temperature at 120 to ensure you’re not wasting hot water—and money.
These are just some of the ways you can clean your house this fall to make it more energy efficient. Chances are, there are other steps you can take that are specific to the energy needs of your home. Combine your personal needs with the ones above so that your home is clean for fall—and ready to save you energy and money.