When it comes to the home, wasting energy is wasting money. Conducting a quick, do-it-yourself energy audit can help you uncover some serious savings.
Look for things like air leaks, since eliminating drafts can generate energy savings of between 5 and 30 percent. Identify gaps along the baseboards, around pipes and electrical outlets, or mail slots.
Also, examine your windows and doors to see if they rattle. If a closed window moves, the air can move too. Check your attic to make sure it is properly insulated as well. Don’t know what to look for? Massachusetts residents can get a free energy audit from Mass Save, a joint program between state offices, utilities and service providers. After inspecting your home for an hour or two, they can give you a list of possible improvements, and which projects might qualify for rebates or incentive programs. To learn more, visit www.masssave.com.