Getting an Energy Assessment
Did you know that on a yearly basis, your refrigerator is your home’s largest consumer of electricity? Many homes today have not only one in the kitchen, but a second, older model in the garage. If that refrigerator is around 10-15 years old, it’s probably using 70% more electricity than today’s newer, more energy efficient models! The typical American home is filled with examples of outdated technologies that are wreaking havoc on energy consumption – and costing you money!
ComEd suggests that all homeowners invest in a home energy assessment in order to reduce their home’s energy consumption. Even homes built recently can benefit from more energy efficient upgrades, such as:
• Using compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s)
• Installing faucet aerators and efficient shower heads
• Adding weather stripping and insulation
• Installing high-efficiency appliances
• Simply reprogramming the thermostat system
A low-cost home energy assessment from your local utility company will provide you with the tools to understand how you can save money on your energy bill by reducing consumption. They’ll let you know which of these or many other options are right for your home. Most of these upgrades are easy to install and relatively inexpensive, considering the money you’ll save by having them! Even the energy assessment can pay itself off within a few months through your electric bill-- not to mention that many utility companies even offer rebates and incentives on major upgrades for participants. Remember that outdated refrigerator in your garage? You may be eligible for a discount on a new model when you trade in the old one!
ComEd offers tools, tips, and incentives for customers through their Smart Ideas® energy efficiency programs. Customers can learn how to become more energy efficient and even receive discounts through Smart Ideas for Your Business® for non-residential, private sector organizations, and Smart Ideas for Your Home® for residential customers.
Make sure you check with your local utility company for similar incentives and rebates. You may find special offers on things such as CFL’s, electric water heaters, clothes washers, refrigerators, and even air conditioning systems!
For more information, please visit http://www.ComEd.com/HomeSavings.
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