SOMERVILLE – While conserving energy during the hot summer months is just one way to help reduce the season’s rising energy bills, energy savings experts at Green Domain, a new green home energy audit company, remind homeowners making simple home and property improvements can maximize those savings year round.
According to Green Domain Chief Executive Officer David M. Chewey, CLA, NJCLA #748, most homeowners are mindful to take energy conservation steps such as using air conditioners wisely, lowering shades and closing curtains during the day, and running full dishwashers during evening hours.
“What they neglect to consider are long-term home improvements that can lead to significant energy bill savings,” says Chewey. “Not only can a few simple fixes result in annual energy savings anywhere between 20 and 30 percent, but forward-thinking homeowners may not realize they can also take advantage of government rebate and discount programs that reward and fund select home energy efficiency improvement projects.”
Green Domain offers the following home and property improvement suggestions that help reduce energy bills during the summer season and beyond:
• Home energy audits are the first step to evaluate and reveal hidden and unexpected energy efficiency issues both inside and outside a home. From identifying door and window air leaks, diagnosing problems with furnaces, air conditioners and home appliances and addressing landscaping concerns, home energy audits also offer the solutions needed make a home more energy efficient.
• Programmable thermostats regulate the temperature in a home according to pre-set specifications allowing residents to adjust the temperature when away or asleep.
• Attic fans draw cool air into the home through windows, while forcing hot air out through attic vents. They also help reduce air conditioner use.
• Air leaks waste energy. Following a thorough inspection, homeowners can weather-strip, seal and caulk leaky doors and windows to keep cool air from escaping outside.
• Landscaping improvements such as planting trees with leaves that fall off during the winter on the south and west sides of a home help to keep a house cool in the summer and warm during the winter.
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