There is a saying, "The only thing you have to do in life is die and pay taxes". Our Daily Green would like to put an addendum on that saying, "And pay utility bills". Growing up, my father would frequently point out the unnecessary lights on in the house, tell us to shut the refrigerator, and turn off the television if nobody was in the room... he was our personal home energy audit. Since Papa Green cannot come and live with every one of our readers, there is a simpler solution available.
There are companies that will audit a home or business and determine the areas that they can save energy and therefore money. Their expertise will help the homeowner in a myriad of ways, from something as basic as finding good insulation contractors to considering solar thermal system installation. The range of ways to save money by going green is tremendous and there are opportunities abound.
For example, a poorly insulated home can lose as much as 25% of its heating and cooling dollars through cracks, leaks and gaps throughout the home. Another area of tremendous energy usage is the hot water tank. There are now are solar water heaters available which generate enough power to heat water for free.
There are many options to reducing the home utility bills and a good energy audit will work with the homeowner to navigate the rebates, Energy Star contractors and any additional tax savings available.
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