Maxwell Bernstein | January 6, 2021
This winter, Iowans can save money and energy through several tips from the Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE suggests people first conduct home energy audits to find inefficiencies within their places of residence.
A do-it-yourself home energy audit can be performed by:
- Locate and seal air leaks.
- Consider ventilation for backdrafts.
- Check insulation
- Inspect heating and cooling equipment.
- Replace lightbulbs with energy efficient ones or research controls to reduce lighting use.
- Check the energy usage of appliances and electronics.
- Assess energy expenditure and look into a professional home energy audit.
When it comes to fall and winter energy-saving tips, the DOE suggests:
- Open curtains on south-facing windows during the day to take advantage from heat from the sun.
- Cover drafty windows.
- Reduce temperature when asleep or out of the house.
- Detect air leaks (here’s how).
- Maintain heating systems.
- Maintain the fireplace and chimney by checking the seal on the flue, and general cleaning and upkeep.
- Lower water heating costs by reducing the water heater’s temperature to the warm setting or 120°F.
- Use LED’s for holiday lighting and check for the Energy Star certification.