Formulating your energy-saving plan. In additional to the tips you learned in http://activerain.com/blogsview/2526750/save-money-by-saving-energy-part-1- of this series, digging a little deeper, will really pay-off.
Once you've identified where your home is losing energy through the energy audit process in part 2 http://activerain.com/blogsview/2527909/energy-saving-audit-part-2-of-series- , ask yourself these questions and assign priorities.
1. How much money do you spend on energy?
2. Where are your greatest energy losses?
3. How long will it take for an investment in energy efficiency to pay for itself in energy cost savings?
4. Do the energy-saving measures provide additional benefits that are important to you (for example, the appearance of new double-panes windows)?
5. How long do you plan to own your current home?
6. Can you do the job yourself or will you need to hire a contractor?
7. What is your budget and how much time do you have to spend on maintenance and repairs?
Once you determine your energy-savings needs, you can form a whole house efficiency plan. This plan will provide you with a strategy for making smart purchases and home improvements that will maximize energy efficiency and save you money.
Another option is to get the advice of a professional. Many utility companies conduct energy audits for free or a small charge. For a fee, you can also consult a professional contractor to analyze how well your home's energy systems work together.
Melissa Sall, Realtor
Sulk & Dutton Real Estate