There’s lots of information on the Internet about energy use and savings, but a new online tool from Energy Star might be worth checking out. It’s called the Home Energy Yardstick, and by imputing some simple information such as the size of your house, your main source of power, and monthly energy costs, you will be able to see if you are overspending based on the average costs for similar households. Then you can review some household tips that will help you increase your energy savings. Many of these tips require a very minimal amount of effort or money. One example recommendation is just caulking leaky window seals or utilizing weather stripping to prevent cold drafts from blowing in. By just properly insulating your house, for example, you can save up to 20 percent a year. In addition to that, there are also often tax breaks on materials used for insulation which leads to even more energy savings. Changing to fluorescent bulbs as opposed to incandescent ones will also help you save money in the long run as these types of bulbs do not have to be replaced nearly as often. And during the summer, you can use fans to help cool down so that you do not have to blast your air conditioner as high. You can also reduce heat in your house by unplugging unused appliances as they will generate heat even when they are not in use. Another simple suggestion is to check your air filters each month to make sure they do not need replacement. These tips don’t just help the environment, you will see an increase in your energy savings as you become more energy efficient, and your residence will become a more comfortable place to be. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy savings and other HVAC topics, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.