From using your appliances more efficiently to taking an inventory of how energy is used in your home, there are many easy steps you can take to lower your energy bill and increase your efficiency.
Many of the changes you can make are inexpensive and can be done in just a few minutes or less. Just a few quick energy-saving measures can cut your energy bill by 25 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
There are also some bigger steps you can take that require more up-front investment — but are well worth the benefits and savings you’ll get in return.
You can get started by:
- Conducting your own energy assessment or hiring a professional auditor.
- By learning how your home is performing and how you use energy, you’ll know what you can do to improve efficiency in your home.
- Reading this step-by-step guide to find easy solutions to common energy leaks in homes.
- Homeowners and renters can use the Virginia Energy Sense Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Guide for ideas and simple, step-by-step instructions for projects you can do yourself to help your home become more energy efficient.
Making energy efficiency a priority just makes sense. Power prices are likely to rise over time, but creating a more energy efficient home will keep your costs down. And once you start saving — whether it’s through lower bills or buying light bulbs less often — you’ll see how simple it is to be aware of your lighting, heating, cooling and appliance use.
Source: US Department of Energy