US News and World Report recently posted an informational piece about “10 Ways to Save Energy and Reduce Utility Bills at Home,” in their Real Estate section. Reducing our carbon footprint, living a greener lifestyle and protecting our planet are all important practices, but so is saving money on rising utility rates.
Hire a Professional
One of the top tips that US News advises for saving on power costs is to consult a professional home energy consultant. Typically these audits cost from $200-$500 depending on your home’s size and how in-depth you want the assessment. Some results include where air is leaking from your house, if insulation is inadequate or windows need replacement.
DIY For Free
Immediately after this recommendation, US News advises consumers to use the free, downloadable app available from HomeSelfe. In many ways the report that homeowners receive at no cost from HomeSelfe offers insights that a professional exterior assessment doesn’t reveal.
With the app, users input information about their house, but also data regarding the age of appliances, type of light bulbs being used and can lead homeowners into making minor changes or major upgrades that could save significantly on energy costs. It also offers assistance in locating local contractors, obtaining rebates and discounts available with upgrades or replacements.
To read their article and view the slideshow of their ten tips, visit the US News website. See how the Homeselfe app can save you money on your utility bills and some other tips on reducing energy costs.