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The Home Energy Saver™ (HES) empowers homeowners and renters to save money, live better, and help the earth by reducing energy use in their homes. HES recommends energy-saving upgrades that are appropriate to the home and make sense for the home's climate and local energy prices. The money invested in these upgrades commonly earns "interest" in the form of energy bill savings, at an annual rate of 20% or more. HES also estimates the home's carbon footprint and shows how much it can be reduced.
We spend most of our time in buildings—homes, schools, offices, and stores—but most people hardly notice details about the buildings, such as how they are designed, how they are built, and how well they are maintained. These details have a strong effect on how much we enjoy a building and how much it costs. An “energy-efficient” building is more comfortable than a wasteful building. It needs less fuel for heat and less electricity for cooling. A building that is badly designed and poorly kept up wastes money. Why? Because it is trying to heat and air-condition the outdoors as well as the indoors. This activity turns you into an instant BUILDING INSPECTOR. Your assignment: Identity whatever helps or hurts energy conservation in a specific building. You can become a kind of detective looking for “culprits” that waste energy and money.
Using less energy in your home can save money with a lower electric bill. With SBEC's Energy Audit Program, Member Services personnel will evaluate your home's energy use and offer recommendations on how to use electricity more efficiently. This service is free. Simply request a visit.