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DIY Home Energy Audit
There’s more than one way to make your home energy-efficient, and more than one reason to do so. It doesn’t just save you money on utility bills. It also can improve your family’s environmental footprint and boost the resale value of your property. That’s why it is important to do whatever you can around your house. Although it may seem like a big job at first, the truth is, it’s a collection of small jobs. You should be able to handle many of these yourself. The process begins with a quick home audit.
For example, check around your house for any insulation that appears worn or is missing. Areas such as your attic hatch, under your floorboards and around your water heater need to be properly insulated to prevent heat loss. This visual inspection also should include checking to make sure you have updated appliances. Dated models may be drawing too much power, and replacing them with newer ones can save you quite a bit on electricity usage.
An energy-efficient home is made of hundreds of little choices. A DIY audit can help you make the right ones for the sustainability of your property. For more tips on conducting an audit, see the accompanying checklist.
Author bio: Tom Mascari is President of Mendel Plumbing and Heating. Providing Geneva, Illinois plumbing and HVAC services since 1985, Mendel Plumbing and Heating has a reputation for expert customer service and technical performance. The company also specializes in residential air duct sealing, remodeling and maintenance services to the Fox Valley area.
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