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Assess Your Energy Use

August 5, 2011

August is a Good Time to Assess Your Energy Use

ENERGY STAR guidance on home improvement projects enhances energy efficiency, lowers utility bills, and increases comfort.

Getting a handle on your home’s energy use is an important first step to improving efficiency. You can do a simple assessment yourself using our online tools, or have a professional energy auditor perform a more thorough audit. Then, use ENERGY STAR resources to get guidance on home improvement projects to enhance energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and increase comfort.
Start with the Home Energy Yardstick

If you have five minutes and your last 12 months of utility bills, use the Home Energy Yardstick to compare your home’s energy use to similar homes across the country and see how your home measures up. Then, use the Home Energy Advisor to get recommendations for energy-saving home improvements for typical homes in your area.

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Home Safety Electrical Inspection

Is your home safe? Print out this checklist and do this inspection and see for yourself what might need fixing.

Home Safe Checklist
True OR Needs Fixing
Electric outlets are not overloaded with lots of plugs.
Electric cords are in good condition.
Electric cords do not run under rugs or furniture legs or near hot appliances.
Electric appliances are used away from water.
A multipurpose fire extinguisher is kept in the house.
All danger and warning signs are read and carefully followed.
Electric appliances that can get hot-such as heaters, toasters, and light bulbs-are kept away from things that can burn.
Safety caps are inserted in outlets when small children are around.
Small appliances are turned off and/or unplugged when people leave home.
All extension cords, lights, and appliances used outdoors are labeled for outdoor use.
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