Increasing our energy efficiency on a personal level has been a hot topic over the past few years. One of the best ways to do this is ensure that your house is running as green as possible to save you money, conserve energy and make your home more efficient.
Better yet, many municipalities, including on-base housing groups, offer free programs to help you cut out energy waste. So what are you waiting for?
Getting the word out about energy efficiency is Connie Kacprowicz’s job.
Kacprowicz, Public Information Specialist with Columbia, Mo.’s Water And Light utilities, is a font of knowledge about cutting costs and getting you on the right track to living green. She outlines a few important ways to stop energy waste — and, better yet, they’re pretty easy.
Energy Efficiency Audits
According to Kacprowicz, energy audits “are more like clipboard audits. Someone comes out to your house to visually inspect everything to give you suggestions on what to improve and lifestyle changes that can make a big dent in your energy usage.”
This checkup can help you identify where in your house you’re losing the most energy and what you can do to change that. Better yet, many municipalities offer these energy audits for free or for a minimal fee.
Who Can Benefit?
Kacprowicz encourages everyone to look into home energy audits.
“Whether you have an older home or one built last year, chances are there is room for energy efficiency improvement,” she said.
Purchasing a newer home doesn’t exclude you from needing to think about how you use energy. Considering the average age of a home in the United States is 39 years, most homeowners can learn a lot from an energy audit.
Live Green on Base
Don’t let living on base exclude you from being energy-conscious. The Picerne Military Housing at Fort Bragg is a leader in making sure military housing exceeds emission and consumption guidelines as well as offering incentives for residents to make changes to their lifestyle that promote conservation. A baseline for energy consumption is calculated and those who use less earn rewards.
If you don’t live in an area where energy audits can be requested from your energy provider or housing coordinator, don’t shy away from doing a little research and becoming your own energy use expert. DIY energy audits may not spot every last detail, but they can help reduce your energy consumption and raise your general awareness about how much energy you’re consuming.
The Department of Energy has some great resources for anyone to get started.