It’s summertime and before you know it fall will be upon us. Whether the temperatures rise or fall, you can control your energy spend by being energy efficient at home. Here are four key tips that show you how:
1) Assess your home – find out how energy efficient your home actually is by either hiring a professional home energy auditor or conducting a DIY audit yourself. The U.S. Department of Energy offers a home energy calculator which can assist you in assessing your home’s efficiencies and losses, and creating a plan that considers how each change you want to make may impact the energy efficiency, comfort, health and safety of the whole house.
2) Service your HVAC unit – an important part of energy efficiency is taking care of your heating and cooling systems. Routine maintenance and clean filters can keep your equipment running smoothly, requiring less hard work to produce the temperature you desire.
3) Weatherize your home – weatherization, such as upgrading insulation and sealing leaks around windows, doors and even electrical outlets can reduce energy bills and improve the efficiency, health, and safety of the home. Some states provide homes with weatherization services if you meet the necessary criteria. Find out more about how state provided weatherization services here.
4) Energy-efficient products – once you have assessed your home’s energy efficiency, one part of your improvement plan may be to implement energy efficient products. Smart thermostats and ventilation systems can be programed to keep your home comfortable with less energy usage. Other products, such as LED light bulbs and smart power cords are more energy efficient than their counterparts and can save you money on your electric bill.
AEP Energy offers a variety of connected home energy-efficient products in Reward Store, our one stop online marketplace where you can redeem Reward Dollars towards in this simple and convenient shop. You can learn more about earning and redeeming Reward Dollars, and Reward Store here.
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