We attended a seminar yesterday about the new Energy Disclosure Report that will be part of the Minneapolis Time of Sale TISH inspections starting January 15, 2020… how fitting that today is the annual “National Cut Your Energy Costs Day”!
The infographic above gives some key areas for potential savings…
- Weatherproof your home – our seminar yesterday said that 25% of Minneapolis homes don’t have any wall insulation!
- Take shorter showers
- Run dishwasher and washing machine only when full
- Turn down thermostats
- Unplug unused appliances
- When it is time to replace your furnace get a high-efficiency one
According to Freddie Mac, a typical U.S. family spends $2,200 per year on energy bills. By making energy efficient upgrades, you could reduce your energy bills by up to 30%.
Assess the energy efficiency of your home and see how it measures up…
EPA’s Home Energy Yardstick provides a simple assessment of your home’s annual energy use compared to similar homes. By answering a few basic questions about your home you can calculate your estimated opportunity. Don’t forget to have your energy bills nearby!
Want to learn more, including answers to questions concerning your home, practical solutions and resources to improve your energy efficiency? Check out the Home Energy Hub at the Center for Energy and Environment for more info. In addition to tons of online information, they have real people who actually know stuff that you can talk to!
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day… it’s about saving money, but it’s also about sustainability.
“We all know there’s only one planet, and of course it’s important that the major emitters of carbon do their part to reduce emissions into the earth’s atmosphere. But sustainability efforts also begin at home, which means each of us can take responsibility for reducing our own carbon footprints. The average American consumes 6.8 metric tons of oil in carbon emissions each year, more than three times the average person in China. So if every American took the time and energy to do this work, we’d actually make significant advances in reducing global warming.” – National Today
Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – firstname.lastname@example.org