Autumn is the season of colorful leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and haunted houses. It also brings shorter days and cooler temperatures, so it’s a great time to think about Home Energy Efficiency! If your house is haunted by cold drafts and scary utility bills, you can take action to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable, while significantly lowering your bills.
Here are a couple of ideas for saving energy and money throughout the year:
Get a Home Energy Assessment:
Whether you rent or own, if you pay a utility bill in Massachusetts (and most other states) you are eligible for a no-cost energy assessment. Depending on where you live, you may be eligible for a variety of free energy improvements, including:
- LED light bulbs
- Water saving faucet aerators and showerheads
- Programmable thermostats
- Comprehensive air-sealing.
You may also qualify for generous incentives for attic and wall insulation, and rebates for high efficiency heating and hot water systems and Energy Star appliances. Visit our website or MassSave to learn more and get started today!
Learn some DIY weatherization techniques:
You can get started on savings right away with a few common tools and materials available at most hardware stores. Caulking and weather-stripping around drafty windows and doors, filling basement gaps and cracks with spray foam sealant, or adding a sweep to a leaky door are just a few of the easy and low-cost ways you can start to cut your energy costs and increase your comfort levels around the house. To learn more, watch our virtual Weatherization Workshop.
And keep in mind: weatherization also improves air quality, increases moisture control, and can help prevent ice dams, freezing pipes, and mold growth from condensation!
Looking for simple energy efficiency tips you can do today that offer instant savings?
- Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
- Install a smart power strip to turn off all of your unused electronics.
- Wash your clothes in cold water.
- Add a timer in your shower to help you take shorter showers.
- Turn your thermostat down 5-10 degrees at night (or better yet, install a programmable thermostat).
- Open your curtains to allow the sun to warm your home during the day and close them at night to keep that heat inside. Removing unneeded screen windows in the winter can also increase your solar gain!
- Shop for energy efficient products and save with CET! You can purchase low-cost energy efficient lighting and weatherization materials at our EcoBuilding Bargains store in Springfield.