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Understanding Your Current Energy Costs/Usage

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist ‎08-09-2011 05:11 PM - edited ‎08-10-2011 11:13 AM (5,828 Views)


Being a homeowner in MN I can personally attest to how much it costs to heat a house through months of bone-chilling temperatures and I can assure that, in my 114-year old home, it isn’t cheap.


This last winter was longer and colder than I have seen in many years, and my utilities bill is a testament to that. In order to save on energy costs this summer my wife and I agreed to not use our air-conditioners this summer. In hindsight, I can honestly say that I didn’t know what I was agreeing to.


We have just gone through two months of heat and humidity that just confirms why I never want to live in the tropics. We have sweated it out, and with any luck (knock on wood) we have seen the worst. I can’t wait to see if this has all been worth it when I get my next utility bill.


Black and  Decker Home Power Monitor.JPGWhat a utility bill doesn’t tell you, however, is how you can reduce your energy costs without having to suffer through excessive cold, heat, and humidity. I was glad to learn that the Geek Squad® will perform a Home Energy Survey. In this survey the agent will show you how to lower your energy costs while still maintaining the level of comfort you’re used to. At the end of the survey they will give you a full report of their findings and recommendations.


Did you know that 30 percent of the energy used in most homes is just wasted? If my utility bill was reduced by 30 percent I can promise you the savings would add up fast. Did you know that five percent of your energy costs come from electricity being used by your electronics when they are not in use?


Some quick an easy things to start saving right-away would be to get a smart power strip for all your electronics, and start replacing your light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL). Did you know that a CFL will pay itself off in six months, and should last substantially longer?


So let’s say you had the Geek Squad® out for a Home Energy Survey, you took their recommendations to heart, and made the changes to your home. How will you know if these changes are saving you any money?  Well, you could invest in a Home Power Monitor that will list your power usage in either kilowatts or dollar amounts.



In the end it is nice to know that you are doing your part in saving energy usage, and the money you are saving will make it all worth it!