Helpful Tips to save Energy

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Legacy real estate CA BRE#00886348

Here are some suggestions to ensure that your home is energy efficient and ready for the colder winter weather.

Test your homes energy efficiency.  You can perform a simple audit of your home’s energy use by following the guidelines at You can also have PG&E or a home inspector evaluate the home.

Turn down the heat.   Save money on your heating billsby setting your thermostat to 55 degrees when you are away from home for more than 4 hours.  Alter the setting manually, or for $80-$120, purchase a programmable thermostat for your heater.

Avoid drafts.  Plug air leaks with caulk or weather stripping to limit heat loss in your home.  Check for leaks by holding a lit candle near vents, doors, window frams and mail slots.  If the flame changes direction, there’s a leak.

Water works.  To save money, set your hot water heater heater at 120 degrees.  Electric and gas units can be covered with an insulating jacket for about $20.  The isulation can help cut heat losses by up to 45 percent.

Comments (6)

Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Have gone around my own home and recaulked my windows. It definitely makes a difference.

Feb 17, 2012 07:19 AM
Jessica Holtzman
Keller Williams Realty, Inc. - Moorestown, NJ
Real Estate Agent in Southern New Jersey

Nice blog.  People are always looking for new ways to save money and energy

Feb 17, 2012 07:19 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Brian~smart and EASY tips!  Thanks for sharing them and the link. We have the highest electricity in the state in our rural community, so anything HELPS.

(I"m bookmarking this.)

Feb 17, 2012 07:19 AM
Janell Kittleson
Rentec Direct - Grants Pass, OR
Rentec Direct

It's always a good idea to re-visit these tips as what was working last year may not be this year.  Good advise!

Feb 17, 2012 07:40 AM
Nico Hohman
Tampa, FL

One of the best things you can do to save on energy bills is replace your old attic insulation.  Upgrading your insulation is inexpensive (the material cost is very low and it is so easy to install, any home owner could do it) and you will definitely notice your home is better protected from harsh winter conditions.

Feb 24, 2012 10:42 PM
Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

If we a did a little it would add up. The self evaluations are a good place to start. Hire an Energy Auditor when your ready to spend some money on efficiency or before a large remodel. Energy improvements pay off but only when done right.

Mar 01, 2012 12:44 PM