You can help friends, family and neighbors conserve energy and, as an added bonus, save money on energy bills. All it's going to take is a simple checklist of handy tips proven to reduce energy costs.
Home energy costs continue to rise, but there are many simple, do-it-yourself ways to cut home energy expenses. You can help friends, family and neighbors conserve energy and, as an added bonus, save money on energy bills. All it's going to take is a simple checklist of handy tips proven to reduce energy costs.
A lot of people just don’t know that there are simple things to do around the house to cut down on energy use and, as a result, conserve resources and save money.
Help others save energy – and money! Using our checklist, do a quick walk-through of your friends’ or neighbors’ homes to spot easy tasks that will conserve energy and save money. In many cases, you and the resident can knock out the tasks in minutes during your visit.
It varies, depending on the size of the home. Count on spending an hour or two for a typical walk-through.
Reducing the water heater temperature by 20 degrees can save nearly $50 a year.
This is pretty easy. No special skills required.
It’s easy, and every little bit helps. You'll be doing good for the environment and your friends’ and family members’ wallets.
Start with your own home to help you get familiar with the process. Then, call a neighbor or friend who you think could benefit from an energy makeover. Ask if you can drop by and walk through with a checklist to help save them money on energy costs. If they say no, don’t push it: Just offer to give them a copy of the Walk-Through Checklist.
What you need for the walk-through
Bring these items with you on your walk-through:
These are materials you and/or your homeowner may need for easy energy-saving solutions. You can determine your needs during your walk-through:
Some tasks you identify may require a professional. Never try to do a task unless you are sure you have the skills and tools to do it properly and safely.
Use the Walk-Through Checklist in this guide to identify areas where your friend or neighbor could improve energy efficiency. Remember to be sensitive in any comments you make regarding the condition of the home.
Leave behind a copy of the “Tip Sheet: Operation Energy Save." This tip sheet provides day-to-day ideas for home owners to use to save more money. Also, leave behind the CreateTheGood.org Energy Save flyer (createthegood.org/CTG_Energy_Save_Weatherization.pdf ) describing the weatherization and LIHEAP program. Review both with the homeowner and offer to help them follow up.
If you’ve had success with your energy-efficiency home visits, you could recruit others to perform the same service for their friends and neighbors. You can use this guide to help, along with the Nuts and Bolts guide for project organizers (createthegood.org/toolkit/nuts-bolts-project-organizers?how-to-toolkit=1 ) for tips on organizing a group effort.
TELL US WHAT YOU DID!
We want to hear stories (www.CreateTheGood.org/stories ) about how you helped give back to your community. You just might inspire others to do the same.
KEEP UP THE GOOD!
Remember, whether you’ve got five minutes, five hours or five days, you can make a positive impact in your community. And if you have more time, consider organizing another service activity, finding local opportunities and posting your events at www.CreateTheGood.org .
Use this checklist to help identify ways to save energy – and money!
For winter preparation
For summer preparation
* Professional assistance may be required to perform this task.
Here are some simple and proven tips to help lower home energy bills.
CreateTheGood.org Energy Save flyer (http://createthegood.org/CTG_Energy_Save_Weatherization.pdf ) provides information on the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program and contains a link to find out who is eligible for this program.
Home Energy Saver (http://hes.lbl.gov/ ) is the first web-based do-it-yourself energy audit tool.
ENERGY STAR (www.energystar.gov/ ) is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping you to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Energy Savers (www1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/tips/index.html ) provides tips for saving energy and money at home and on the road. Also check out information on energy efficient tax credits, rebates and financing. (U.S. Department of Energy)
Energy Saving & Green Living (www.consumerreports.org/cro/home-garden/resource-center/energy-saving-guide/energy-saving-guide.htm ) is a warehouse of information on products and projects that help you save money and energy. (Consumer Reports)
Easier Home Maintenance This Fall (www.aarp.org/home-garden/home-improvement/info-09-2010/best_bargains_in_fall_home_maintenance.html ) is an article that has tips for fixing, cleaning and tightening things up to prevent winter damage and save money, too.
Get Help Paying for Home Energy Upgrades (www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-08-2010/tax-credits-for-energy-saving-upgrades.html ) describes tax credits and utility rebates that can lower the cost of replacement windows, new furnaces and more.