The average consumer spends approximately $2,000 per year on energy costs. The Department of Energy estimates that as much as $400 is being wasted. At the Rochester, MN, Safechoice Insurance Agency, we’ve got more tips to help you save on your energy bill.
Completing an Energy Audit of your home can uncover the costliest leaks and suggest fixes. While you can do it yourself, many utility companies will provide low cost or free audits, using infrared cameras, blower doors, or other high-tech tools. Rochester Public Utilities can provide an energy audit and offers rebate coupons for energy-efficient appliance and light builds.
Here are six free or inexpensive energy upgrades you can do yourself:
- Next to heating and cooling, water heaters represent the largest expense. Lower the temperature on your water heater by a degree or two.
- Install a programmable thermostat and raise/lower the temperature when you’re sleeping or gone for the day. Some of the newer, high-tech thermostats will learn your patterns and program themselves.
- Seal air leaks around pipes leading to the outside and add weather stripping to doors or windows.
- Add pipe insulation to the pipes leading into your home from your air conditioner or heating unit.
- Add insulation in attics, basement, and crawl spaces.
- Using more efficient light bulbs and fixtures can reduce the amount of energy used for lighting by 50% to 75%.
If you have older appliances, upgrading them to energy-efficient appliances can pay for themselves over time. A new ENERGY STAR ® refrigerator could save you as much as $150 a year. A quick way to check if your refrigerator is sealed is to close a dollar in the door. If it falls to the floor, you’re leaking energy.
More energy efficient windows and doors can help reduce your energy bill. Adding storm windows can reduce heat loss through your windows by as much as 50%.
For all your home insurance needs, contact Rochester, MN, Safechoice Insurance Agency.