“Are you paying to cool the outdoors?” Many of us have heard this phrase when leaving a window or door open while the air conditioner is on in the summer. Leaving a window or door open isn’t the only way we waste our money and efforts to cool down our home. Hidden places all around your home are wasting energy and your money. The good news is, the U.S. Department of Energy Website has some eco-friendly instructions for an energy-efficient home. Follow these Do-It-Yourself Tips for how to green your home, and save money!

As the heat rises this summer, we’re all trying to cool down without sending our energy bill through the roof  (Literally, that air could be leaking through your roof). Strategic placement of fans in combination with air conditioning is an electric bill nightmare! You can hire a professional to perform an energy assessment in your home, but for those green-conscious individuals on a budget, here are some tips for how to save money and make less of an impact on the environment.

The U.S. Department of Energy site states, “You can easily conduct a do-it-yourself home energy assessment (also known as a home energy audit). With a simple but diligent walk-through, you can spot many problems in any type of house. When assessing your home, keep a checklist of areas you have inspected and problems you found.” Here is a list to help you prioritize your energy assessment:

  • Locate air leaks
  • Look for gaps around pipes and wires
  • Inspect windows and doors
  • Conduct a basic building pressurization test (instructions on site)
  • Inspect the outside of your home
  • Check insulation efficiency
  • Check heating/cooling equipment and filters

This may seem like a lot, but the U.S. Dept. of Energy Website has details on just how to conduct this checklist. Go green this summer, and don’t pay to cool down the outdoors! Conduct an in-home energy assessment yourself, and make your summer more sustainable!