By incorporating just a few easy to do tips into your daily activities you can save as much as 25% on your yearly utilities bill for electricity and natural gas. To really understand how to save it is useful to have a “whole-house” energy efficiency plan. Think of your house as an energy system made up of interrelated parts. To understand this concept, you can think of your furnace, to take just one example, as a heat delivery system. The system begins at the furnace and brings heat to everywhere in your house using a series of pipes and ducts. Even the very best, energy-efficient furnace will waste a large percentage of energy if the ducts, walls, windows, doors, and attic are not well insulated and sealed.
Understanding the “whole-house” approach to energy efficiency will help you get the most of your energy dollars, as well as make your home more “user friendly”, comfortable, and earn you long-term financial rewards. The more you spend on energy efficient appliances will more than pay for themselves, and other household improvements you make to create a more energy efficient home might even yield the benefit of a higher selling price for your money-saving, comfortable and modern home.