When that comes to our energy use and the amount of money we spend on that energy, the benefits of reducing our energy consumption, and our monthly bills, are appealing. Over time, these benefits can affect us, and our families, on many levels!

Here are a few basic ideas to start:

-Switch all your light bulbs to LED bulbs.
-Upgrade to EnergyStar appliances.
-Unplug appliances when not in use.
-Program your thermostat.
-Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
-Maintain your furnace and replace furnace filters every 6 months.

Focus on Energy is a fabulous resource to assist in getting started with the above. Visit their website (www.focusonenergy.com) to find out more about their Energy Packs – which can ship to your home for free, if your household qualifies. If your household qualifies and you have not received an energy pack within the last 3 years, you should be eligible for another. These energy packs can include LED Light Bulbs, Shower Heads, a power strip, pipe insulation, and faucet aerators, depending on which pack you choose. The energy packs are just one of their programs.  Check them out. There is a lot more information available.

Looking more deeply at energy use and cost, resources will point you to weatherization or weatherproofing. When weatherproofing your home, you seal energy leaks found in attic spaces, around doorways, and windows, to start. You might consider getting an energy audit for your home! Having that information right in front of you will allow you to bite off projects one at a time and know the larger picture for your home. 

Project Home is another incredible resource. They are a non-profit that assists low to moderate-income residents in Dane and Green Counties with energy weatherization needs and repairs. If you want to know more or want to see if you qualify for one of their programs, check them out (www.projecthomewi.org). Even if you don’t qualify, they are an incredible resource and offer their services for hire as well. 

It can feel daunting to look into ways to reduce energy use and reduce your overall energy cost. We find the learning exciting, and well worth it, but don’t hesitate to ask questions and find out what might be best for you. If your PIH Agent can be a resource for you, let them know!