Energy bills rise as soon as temperatures drop, but your home's heat may not be the only thing cranking up your bill each month. Before blaming the power company or accepting the astronomical bills, investigate the problem by conducting your own energy audit. An energy audit helps homeowners and renters locate where their pads are not being efficient, and provides insight on where improvement is needed. Grab a pen and paper and use these tips for inspecting your digs' energy efficiency.
- Be Schooled in Your Bill - You may pay the bill each month, but what do all the numbers mean? Take a minute to get more acquainted with your energy bill. Don't be afraid to call your power company for questions either. Knowing your regular usage helps detect any unwarranted spikes in costs - and lets you know if it's time to conduct another audit.
- Investigate Applicances - Analyze appliances and electronics to see which are using the most energy. The Kill a Watt Electricity Usage