It looks like “winter” is finally coming to Austin. Break out the soups and boots while you can! The change of seasons is a great time to look around your home and assess its energy efficiency. An energy efficient home not only saves you money in the long run but makes your house more appealing to potential buyers in the future. Win, win!
A few things you can do:
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), or better yet, LEDs. CFLs offer a big step in savings from regular incandescent bulbs and are reasonably priced. LEDs are more expensive but offer greater savings over the long haul. Check out this chart to compare costs and environmental impact of all three types of bulbs. One thing is clear, CFL or LED, both provide significant savings over regular bulbs.
- Change or clean your filters once a month. You’ve heard this before but it really does matter. It reduces the work your system has to do and discourages growth of mold and mildew.
- Check your insulation, windows and ducts for possible leaks. Consider installing an attic radiant barrier to prevent heat from seeping through your roof.
- If you’re considering new windows and/or doors, choose double-pane, low energy styles which can block between 40% and 70% of the heat transmitted through single pane, clear glass.
- When buying appliances choose those that are Energy Star rated for highest efficiency.
AustinEnergy.com has information on these and more suggestions on what you can do as well as energy saving calculators, how to get a free energy audit, cash rebates and low interest loans. You may even qualify for free improvements.