Tuesday’s State of the Union Address gave President Obama a chance to remind the country of his “All of the Above” energy strategy. This strategy, announced by Obama in 2012, “develops every source of American-made energy” with the goals of reducing energy costs, growing the energy sector of the economy, and reducing the effects of climate change. These are admirable goals, and we’re doing our part for home energy efficiency, so it was good to hear that Obama believes that his strategy is working. It got us thinking about our own energy strategy at home and how we can adapt All of the Above for home energy efficiency.
We can make simple behavioral changes, like turning off the lights in empty rooms and turning down the thermostat a degree or two in the winter.
Simple changes around the house, like swapping incandescent light bulbs for CFLs or LEDs, take just minutes and will save you money for years to come. Looking for the best deals? Shop 1800Lighting.com for a wide selection of energy efficient light bulbs for every fixture in – and outside – your home.
When an old appliance breaks down, replacing it with an Energy Star rated appliance can save big money: up to $100 each year for the lifetime of the appliance!
Time to remodel? Buying a home? It’s the perfect time for a home energy audit. A home energy audit is performed by a home performance professional to assess how much energy a home uses and find areas to improve the comfort and lower the energy cost of a home. Many states and utilities offer discounts on home energy audits, and winter is a good time to get it done.
An all of the above home energy strategy can work for everyone. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time or cost much money. Best of all, you can see the results – lower costs – on your next energy bill.