In order to better manage your home’s energy and efficiency, it is crucial to first understand where you currently stand. Energy Star offers a free online assessment to give you a quick picture of how your home is performing, as well as some advice on how you can increase functionality. Once you take this first step, you are well on your way to enhancing efficiency, decreasing utility bills and increasing your quality of life.

To get started with the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick, just grab a few minutes and your last 12 months of utility bills. If you can’t dig up all 12, then a summary statement from your utility company works equally well. Next, take note of all the forms of energy your home uses, like electricity, natural gas, etc. Finally, the last things you will need are the square footage of your house, the number of occupants, and your ZIP code. Plug in all this information, plus the amount of energy you used over the course of the last year and the corresponding total you paid for that use, and check your score.

Your answers will earn you a score between 0 and 12. You will then be able to compare your household to others across the nation to see how you stack up. Since nobody is perfect, Energy Star offers recommendations on areas for improvement and other ways to attain better home energy performance.

Whether you are considering some serious changes to your furnace, like replacement or retrofitting, or just thinking of doing some minor upgrades, knowing your home’s energy efficiency is always a good start. The best way to get things rolling is with the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick.

For a more thorough audit, contact one of the professionals at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy star and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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