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Quarantine is a Good Time for Energy Efficiency Improvements

Consumers have been sitting at home cleaning out closets, gardening, and watching television, often bored and in bland routines. Many are searching for something new to do. So, now is a good  time to improve their home’s energy efficiency through various Do It Yourself (DIY) projects.

While not all consumers feel comfortable wearing a tool belt, a few simple projects can be worth the time and reduce their energy consumption and their bills. With fall here and winter looming on the horizon, the time is ripe for adding more layers of insulation in closets, ceilings, basements, and attics and rafters. Another simple project is closing holes where heat escapes. One area to focus on is crevices around windows and doors. Weatherstripping helps keep the heat from escaping doors that lead to the outside.

Reduce Hot Water Usage

Consumers pay to heat their hot water heater. Insulating the hot water heater as well as the pipes that carry water also reduces one’s energy needs.  Homeowners can reduce water volumes by installing water reducing/energy saving shower heads.

A legacy light bulb, which in some cases results in $10s in unnecessary annual costs, can be replaced with high efficiency LED bulbs. Appliances have a set lifecycle that sometimes is extended. Once they are past their useful life, they can be replaced with new, much higher efficiency systems.

The pandemic has left consumers with plenty of spare time as many are house bound. Consequently, the time may be ripe for utilities to encourage homeowners to take a few simple steps and improve their home energy efficiency.

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