Your house may be costing you more money than it should due to inefficient energy use. Commonly, energy you pay for in the form of heat or air conditioning escapes through leaking windows and doors, insufficient attic insulation and leaking ducts. The first step to making your home more energy efficient is getting a home energy audit, where certified technicians using sophisticated equipment check your home for common sources of energy loss. They will prepare a detailed report outlining areas that could be improved and how much the work will cost. The best part is this service is completely free. It’s a great way to save on your utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
The best way to save money on utility bills at home is to get an energy audit by a BPI accredited professional. You can start by visiting Long Island Green Homes, a non-profit collaborative established to assist homeowners in making their homes more energy efficient.
The Long Island Green Homes Initiative is a partnership of Long Island Towns, not-for-profit community-based organizations like Renewable Energy Long Island, and Molloy College that is helping Long Islanders improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
Energy efficiency tips at home and in the workplace
- Start with a home energy audit
Click here to visit the Long Island Green Homes website or call 800-567-2850 to arrange your FREE, no obligation home energy audit.
- When replacing appliances or televisions, shop for ENERGY STAR labels
- Give your fridge a check-up: defrost, check seals, clean coils
- Set A/C temperature to 78 F in the summer and keep it at 68 F in the winter. Install programmable thermostats to avoid leaving the A/C or heat on all the time.
- At night, use air conditioners in bedrooms only (or use fans)
- Close window shades on hot and sunny days
- Improve airflow by making sure that heating return vents are clear of furniture and rugs
- Replace your screens with storm windows in the fall to provide an extra barrier to the cold air.
- Caulk and weather strip around windows and doors to prevent uncontrolled air leakage
- Seal and insulate your heating ducts to improve the efficiency of your heating system by up to 20 percent
- Replace conventional bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs or LEDs.
- Use task lights, dim room lights, turn outdoor lights off when not needed
- Do laundry and dishes at night or in the morning, skip the dryer cycle. Hang your clothes outside when it's warm and experience that fresh-air scent!
- Set pool pump to run during off peak periods (after 8 PM). If you need to replace your pump, look for dual or variable-speed pumps.
- Turn off or unplug appliances when not in use and/or use advanced power strips that allow you to completely turn off multiple appliances at the same time
- Use power-saving features on your computer or laptop and avoid using a screen saver.
- Lower the brightness on your television and computer.
- Install low-flow showerheads, wrap water heater and adjust to 120 F, or 140 F if you use a dishwasher
- Have a Comprehensive Home Assessment done to your house to measure overall energy performance and pay for the energy improvements as a line item on your utility bill through NYSERDA's On-Bill Recovery loan program: Click here to get started.
- Set A/C temperature to 78 F, install programmable thermostat
- With A/C on, keep windows and doors closed, use shades where possible
- Use fans to improve air circulation
- Use task lights instead of room lights, turn off lights at night, in outdoors
- Minimize use of incandescent or halogen lighting, use fluorescent instead
- Use display lighting sparingly, install timers to turn off late at night
- Enable power management on personal computers and copiers
- Turn off or unplug all infrequently used equipment
- Turn computers and copiers off at closing time
- Unplug transformers plugged into outlets when not in use
- Purchase only ENERGY STAR labeled office equipment
- When ordering equipment, be sure to specify high energy efficiency rating