3 Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in Less than 1 Hour

Posted by Dave VanTol on Sat, Apr 23, 2011 @ 07:04 AM

Simple, Practical Energy Efficiency Tips for Homeowners (Works for Small Businesses TOO!)

We recently got some feedback on our blog that told us we were way too technical on our blog, not easy to understand. 

I thought about it a little and decided...hey, I am doing all I can at home for energy efficiency...why not talk about tips that can help homeowners save money as well?

Here are some tips for simple changes that can make a real big difference in your energy bill. I know because I made these improvements in my own home.

I have fun tweaking things to get maximum performance. Let's take a look at some ways to do this.

3 Tips, 3 Hours Your "Homework"

Each one of the 9 Tips (3 per week for 3 weeks) should take you about an hour to implement...or about 9 hours.  Maybe you just do 1 per week and it takes you 9 weeks...it doesn't matter as long as you have a plan.

The energy efficiency solutions I implemented took me about an hour to do each one.  I am a Journeyman Electrician, but as you will see energy efficiency impacts much more than your light bill.

Tip #1 Learn How to Read Your Energy Bill

Recently my electricity provider changed the way our bill looks.

One nice3-ways-to-improve-energy-efficiency-in-less-than-1-hour feature of this that I discovered is it now shows me how much money it costs to run my household per day. Take some time and get comfortable with your bill.

The worse thing you can do is just look at the total, pay the bill and wait for the next bill.  If there is one consistent bill in your mailbox, it is the energy bill. 

Tip #2 Calculate Per Day Energy Cost

When I found this information on my bill I was actually shocked. It costs me $1.38 for electricity to run my house per day, and that's with two teenagers in the house!

Your probably thinking how is that even possible?

Is this guy a hermit?

Does he live in a cave? 

Actually none of the above, I simply made a conscious effort to see how efficient I could make my home which was built in 1969.

Tip #3 - Identify Your Energy Management Goals

You hear energy management thrown around a lot in reference to larger businesses, why not apply it at home?

Think of your budget for utility bills as a businesses operational costs. Businesses are always seeking ways to reduce there costs and maximize profit.

Homeowners should too! When you adopt this mindset for your home it actually becomes a type of game, at least it did for me.

Make a simple game plan.  If you don't have all the money at once, just do a little at a time.  If you plan out your changes, you can budget your changes over time. 

Once you set your goals, work the plan until you complete it. Check off what you have accomplished and before long you will notice a change in the cost of operating your home.

I have fun tweaking things to get maximum performance. Let's take a look at some ways to do this.

Let us know how you do with your 3 hours of implementing energy saving tips....Get ready for next weeks 3 tips!! Leave us a comment below on what you are doing to save energy in your home.

Interested in learning more about how to improve energy efficiency? 

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