Wtop, “Washington’s Top News” network recently shared a US News & World Report that highlighted HomeSelfe, the makers of a free energy saving app, offering ten tips on saving energy and money. Rather than going after some more obvious tips and tricks, shutting off lights that aren’t in use and taking shorter showers, instead they focused on some other lesser-known avenues to cut household utility bills.
Spend Money To Save Money or Do It For Free
While the US News report recommends hiring a professional energy consultant to perform a money-saving audit on your home, you can also do this for free by using the HomeSelfe app. After downloading this device, the app takes you on a virtual trip through your home and asks for varying information, from the age of your refrigerator to the type of light bulbs being used in your house.
The app will generate a report making recommendations both big and small, from replacing major appliances to performing some minor fixes. It can also put you in touch with qualified contractors in your area should you decide to make a more costly upgrade.
Finding Missing Money
If you take advice from HomeSelfe when it comes to something like replacing older appliances, the tool will also help you locate rebates and find tax credits many people don’t know even exist. “Most consumers don’t know they’re out there,” says Ameeta Jain, co-founder of HomeSelfe. “You can find local tax breaks and rebates through a simple web search, or pull together a HomeSelfe report, which provides local rebate options to help you save.”
To read all the energy saving advice from the US News & World Report, visit the wtop website here. These are just two of the ten recommendations they’re offering to help consumers save both money and energy.