Simple things you can do at home to save hundreds of dollars a year

Does it seem no matter what you do your electricity bill keeps going up? Stop sweating… we have some simple things you can do around your home to lower your utility bills.

We met with Vince Hunter, co-owner of Pro Energy Consultants , to help us understand how to save money.

We followed him as he did a home audit on an Arizona home. In the end, he helped save the owner more than $900 per year.

Hunter says a home audit takes all the guesswork out of where your home is not performing and takes about 3 to 4 hours. You will also get a written report at the end with thermal camera images that show inefficiencies.

The first step of a home audit is to install a “blower door” into an exterior door frame of your home, Hunter says. It helps the consultant detect where the problem areas are in your home and where there are air leaks.

Thermal imaging is also used during a home audit. With the use of infrared technology, the device shows you where cold air may be coming in the house from outside, where the naked eye cannot see. Hunter recommends tweaking and readjusting thresholds and door sweeps on a regular basis.

Hunter says the leaks and problem areas can be a quick fix. You can do this yourself by using a screw driver while eyeballing the door as you close it. Although weather strips will periodically get out of adjustment, Hunter says, keeping them lined up will help keep your energy bill low.

Here is a checklist of some easy things homeowners can do to make their home more energy efficient:

  • 1. Check weather stripping around doors and windows
  • 2. Check for drafts around air registers, recessed lighting and outlets.
  • 3. Switch to a programmable thermostat
  • 4. Changing regular light bulbs to CFL bulbs
  • 5. Open window blinds in the morning and close them during the day.
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