Home Energy Saving Tips --
DIY Money Saving Energy Audit

CFL BulbsLooking for home energy saving tips because your energy bills never seem to go down? You buy the latest energy saving product, like compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and turn down your thermostat as all the energy saving tips suggest, but your energy costs just don’t go down.

Before you spend another dime on another energy saving device, let’s pause a moment, take a deep breath, and review.

Every home is different, every home is unique. Not just brick vs. frame; apartment vs. free standing home; urban vs. country; warm climate vs. cool climate -- they’re all different. Homeowners are different too: how they live and how they use energy. Every home uses energy differently, too. Buying the latest energy star or energy saving appliances and electronic devices may not save you as much as you thought because of how you use them.

And trying to target energy savings and money savings for how you live without knowing how your home uses energy is like planning a cross-country trip blindfolded.

Luckily, you can find out how your home uses energy in just a couple of hours with a home energy audit.

As the best of the Energy Saving Tips, an energy audit is inspecting and analyzing your home's energy usage: how it uses and loses heat and electricity. Physically walk through your home, record everything that uses energy and how much, and carefully look for energy problems - many of which are invisible!

My partner Dave Andersen has created a do-it-yourself Energy audit Guide ; the single best way to save energy because it shows you exactly how your home uses energy. Once you understand how your home uses energy, you can effectively target and reduce your energy usage. It is the only proven and effective way to lower energy bills and save energy in any house.

The best part is, by doing it yourself, it costs you nothing. Don't pay a professional a lot of money to come in and just give you their opinion ... do it yourself and KNOW where your energy goes!

So, how do you do an energy audit?

A basic audit is quite simple. Grab a piece of paper and a pencil. Walk through each room of your house, and carefully look at every appliance. Make a note of how much energy it uses and estimate how often you use it every daily. Look at light bulbs and note how much energy in watts they consume. Inspect your windows and doors: if they feel drafty, appear old, have broken glass, etc.

Now, sit down and do some simple math. Multiply the hours used per day with the energy rating of your devices, appliances, and lamps. This represents the daily energy usage of each one. If you add all the devices and appliances up, this number represents your home’s daily energy consumption.

From these figures, you can easily determine where (and how) you can start saving energy and money. For example, an energy efficient CFL bulb in place of an infrequently used normal bulb saves very little and is not worth the expense. It might make more sense use several other home energy saving tips.

The great thing about an audit like this? It’s simple to do, and infinitely repeatable: every season, every year, you can review the process and track or monitor your energy usage -- and find more places to cut down and save money and energy. If it changes, you can more easily figure out why. This eliminates the "surprises" on your energy bills.

I mentioned just taking a piece of paper and wandering your home to map out your energy usage. My partner Dave Andersen has prepared a complete kit of tools for you to map out and calculate your energy usage. This package of PDF instruction sheets and computer spreadsheets (all delivered immediately in a convenient zip file) make performing your own energy audit very simple, very accurate, and makes it easy to show yourself where you have saved energy and saved money in your own home.

As we as a society move toward a more and more sustainable life style, the contributions that each of us makes benefits the entire world. Good for us (we save money) ... good for our Earth (we save energy). And as we save energy, we reduce the resources needed to create that energy.

Even if you create the power with your own wind and solar generators, if you use less around your home, you will have more for other things.

David Anderson has a great kit for those looking for their own "Do It Yourself "Home Energy Audit. It is not not only has complete instructions, it also includes "calculators" for you to track the results of your energy saving improvements room by room and year by year to watch your savings mount up.