Real Return Initiative

Energy Saving Tips

Below are some tips for making your home or business more energy efficient.

If you’re on the Cape, you want to start by calling the Cape Light Compact or visiting their website. It’s the easiest, cheapest and most effective way to get started. Their vendor will perform a FREE energy audit on your home or business. Based on what they find, they will give you a proposal with suggestions of things you can do to make your home or business more energy efficient, including what it will cost. And if there are rebates or other incentives available, they’ll note that too. 

HERE ARE SOME OF THE AREAS OF YOUR HOME THAT WILL BE FOCUSED ON DURING AN ENERGY AUDIT:

  • The “Building Envelope” – These are the parts of the house that separate you from the great outdoors. During an energy audit, a blower test will be done to determine where air might be leaking out of the house. Such a test will inform whether you need more insulation, any air sealing, and upgraded doors and/or windows.
  • Basement Mechanics - An energy audit will inform what level of efficiency your furnace or boiler is working at. If it’s under 78% efficiency, it may be worth looking into a new one. There are now systems that work at 95% efficiency.
  • Around the House – The efficiency of your refrigerator will be tested, along with a recommendation for whether it’s more cost effective to buy a new one. There will be an opportunity for all your light bulbs to be replaced (at no charge) with more energy efficient ones.  And free low flow shower heads and faucet aerators

HERE ARE A COUPLE OF EXTRA TIPS:

Local libraries lend Home Energy Detective Kits to test your appliances. It may be worth checking one out next time you’re stocking up on some reading material, to see where your appliances stack up.

Check out this website. You can enter the model number of your appliances to determine its efficiency and whether it is cost effective to replace.

AND HERE ARE TWO OTHER PAGES WITH GOBS OF USEFUL INFORMATION:


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