Home Energy Education – Getcha Some Before it gets Cold!

If the blazing days of summer have left you feeling cold {pun intended} in terms of your electric bill, take back your power {yup – there’s another one!} and learn how to impact your home energy bills before winter hits. By restructuring your habits {and paying attention to heat loss} you can save money on utility bills every month.


  • Weather strip and caulk leaks around windows and doors. That will keep the cool air from escaping in the summer and prevent drafts in the winter. You should also check around electrical sockets or baseboards.
  • Adding extra insulation to your attic will keep a home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The garage door is a classically overlooked spot in the home as far as insulation goes and you might be losing precious energy. Also, check the duct-work in the attic for any leaks or to make sure that no insulation is blocking a vent.
  • Make sure to schedule a check up for your air conditioner at the start of the cooling season and periodic check-ups throughout the season. The same goes for your heating unit in the winter. If your heating and cooling units are not running properly, you are wasting energy and throwing away your money.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, which use 75 percent less energy and last longer. Review the wattage on bulbs around your house to determine whether or not the room is using too much. Sometimes, a 60 or 70 watt bulb would work just as well as a 100 watt bulb.
  • If you are installing a mounted air conditioning unit, its location could be costing you money. Place any window air conditioning units on the north or shady side of the home. This will help keep it from running on overtime.
  • Unplug any appliances or machinery that you don’t use often, as those use energy when plugged in.

{Source: http://www.electricitytexas.com}

One of my favorite tips for savings savvy homeowners? Save time and personal energy in snowy weather by purchasing a South or East facing home. The sun will do a good portion, or even all, of the snow removal for you on many days. In addition, you’ll benefit from more warm sunshine and potentially lower energy bills on cold days.

Call me – you could be keeping your feet warm in front of your new fireplace before the snow flies.

Jack Meyers

The Meyers Group

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