A typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills, and a large part of that energy is wasted. Beyond your pocketbook to the environment, electricity generated by fossil fuels for a single home puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars.
Whether you want to save some cash or do you bit for Planet Earth – or both – Department of Energy’s Home Energy Saver that can help.
The Home Energy Saver works by calculating the likely energy output of your home based on your local climate, current energy prices and other factors, such as the number and age of your major appliances. It then recommends specific home upgrades ranked by payback time.
HES also gives you an estimate of your home’s carbon footprint and shows how, and how much, it can be reduced. If you think the results are too optimistic (or pessimistic), just change the energy efficiency assumptions, or the estimated upgrade costs, and recalculate the results.