The starting point to making your home more energy efficient is the home energy assessment or audit. The energy audit examines the energy efficiency of your house before any changes are made. It can help you decide what needs fixing, what needs upgrading, and what needs replacement.
Sealing air leaks and adding insulation are a few of the most cost-effective energy-saving improvements you can make in your home. Doing so can cut heating and cooling costs by more than 15%. An advanced home energy assessment will locate the air leaks (around windows, doors, vents, chimneys, wires, and light fixtures), and sealing those leaks must be part of any insulation job.
Heating and cooling account for a little more than half of the energy used in a typical Minnesota home. To keep those energy bills as low as possible, your heating and cooling systems should be inspected annually and maintained. Replace filters regularly and seal your heating and cooling ducts.
When shopping for appliances, lighting, and electronics, always look for the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR is the trusted government-backed symbol for energy efficiency that helps us all save money and protect the environment. ENERGY STAR products meet the strictest energy efficiency requirements.