My energy company has started sending out Home Energy Reports. I figured that I was probably doing pretty well. After all, I don't keep the house unreasonably cool, and I don't spend a lot of time watching TV, and I do my best to always turn off the lights when I leave a room.
My latest home energy report has my home using 4% more than similar homes in the area.
What is going on?
Well, my energy conservation is good, but it's not perfect. For example, I have a fan that runs constantly in my office. That part of the house isn't connected to the HVAC system, and without a fan, that room quickly gets very hot and very humid. I like to keep air circulating in that space. It's well insulated, but just doesn't have the necessary ventilation.
I also have a treadmill that I run on a few times a week. That can't be good for the energy use.
But these are things I don't plan to change. What about what I can change?
My fridge, washer, and dryer were all part of the home when I purchased. They were new, but not fancy in any way, shape, or form. I'm sure there are versions that are more eco-friendly.
I know I need new windows. I'm slowly saving up for them, but for now, I just have to deal with that heat transfer.
I do wonder what my water heater temperature is currently set at and need to see if I should make some changes to that setting.
Many of the lightbulbs in the house are not the most energy conscious. That's an easy fix.
I can also be more meticulous about switching off lights when I leave a room. Just going to be gone 30 minutes? Eh, lights can stay on. No, the lights should go off. It should be a habit.
I can also bump the thermostat up a degree or two, especially when I'm home. It's easy enough to knock it back down.
I'm sure there are things I'm missing. What are your tips for saving on energy costs?