We talk a lot about ways that you can improve your home’s energy efficiency. But perhaps the first step in improving efficiency is determining where your home is most inefficient.
You can do a simple assessment yourself using the ENERGY STAR on-line tool, or have a professional energy auditor perform a more thorough audit.
We love the idea of being able to use ENERGY STAR’S handy online tool to give you a start on determining how you can improve you home’s efficiency. If you have five minutes and your last 12 months of utility bills, use the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick to compare your home’s energy use to similar homes across the country and see how your home measures up. Then, use their Home Energy Advisor to get recommendations for energy-saving home improvements for typical homes in your area.
To get started with ENERGY STAR’S Home Energy Yardstick, you’ll need:
- Your energy use and costs for the last year: You’ll need your last 12 months of utility bills OR a 12-month summary statement from your utility company.
- Energy sources for your home: natural gas, electricity, fuel oil, propane, coal, wood and/or kerosene?
- The square footage of your home.
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