Home energy efficiency is a measurement for the rate at which electric, gas and other forms of energy are used in a home. In homes and buildings, residents and office workers should want to lower their energy usage to save on utility bills and can do so by making their home or building more energy efficient, which means lowering the amount at which the home or building uses energy on a daily, monthly or annual basis.

What does home energy efficiency mean to NC residents?  Home energy efficiency not only saves money, but also improves the health, safety and comfort of a home.  Homeowners and renters can complete easy DIY energy saving projects to save energy.

Remember Efficiency First! Fix the small energy wasting items in your home before adding renewable energy sources like solar.  Doing so will save you money on those renewable sources because you won’t need to purchase or install as much, due to the lowered energy usage in your home resulting from the small, inexpensive energy efficiency improvements.

What are the benefits of an energy efficient home?

  1. Improved comfort for its occupants.
  2. Increased value in the market.
  3. Reduced health hazards for occupants.
  4. Improved safety from better performing systems and safe materials.
  5. Lower energy usage.
  6. Monetary savings from reduced energy usage that result in lower energy bills.

Have Your Home Ready When Peak Seasons Hit

Residential energy efficiency strategies vary by season and can be implemented easier than you think. See below for some starters that can help you get a jump on energy savings!

sunWarm Weather

  • Make good use of blinds or curtains to keep unwanted heat out of your home
  • Keep the thermostat at 78 degrees
  • Take advantage of the grill and cook outside
  • Use fans when possible to make the indoors feel cooler
  • Air conditioning check-up: Make sure your unit has been inspected recently and regularly change out your filter

Helpful Resources

NCCE Home Energy Management Summer Checklist

Dept. of Energy Spring/Summer Energy Tips

California Science Center Tips for Businesses

 

SnowCold Weather

  • Make sure to use the fireplace damper except for when a fire is burning
  • Turn down your water heater temperature for easy energy savings (suggested temperature: 120 degrees)
  • Check your home for any possible sources of air leaks, including window panes, doors and the attic, and make sure they are properly sealed
  • Before going to sleep, turn down the thermostat and then take advantage of blankets for warmth
  • To ensure home safety, make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are properly working

Helpful Resources

Erie Insurance Energy-Saving Tips

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Winter Tips

Dept. of Energy Fall/Winter Energy Tips

An easy way to receive direct advice or recommendations from home professionals is using Home Energy Pros. The site is a global social network and community that includes industry experts responding to common questions and concerns regarding energy efficiency, home safety and much more. Head on over to check out such features as:

  • Forums
  • Blogs
  • Videos
  • Interest Groups
  • Upcoming Events

To learn more about the many benefits of energy efficient homes, watch this video from ENERGY STAR about how homes certified to the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program’s standards are better than standard homes… in many ways!

 

 

 

Interested in learning how your home’s energy usage compares to others?  Ask for a Home Energy Rating from a certified professional.  Watch the below video to find out how!