When we purchased our first home a few years ago the to-do list was endless. It took “fix’er up’er” to the extreme. We made great head way until we moved in and then things trickled to a stop. The to-do list continues to grow but we’re crossing things off more slowly. When we moved in we found a one foot by two foot “hole” (for lack of a better term) in the ceiling of our bedroom closet. It was clearly put their intentionally and we were not sure why. At the time we simply laid a piece of insulation covered plywood over it since we were using it to access our, what some might call, attic.
By the time fall rolled around we had forgotten the hole and it’s make shift cover. It wasn’t until mid winter when we were on our second stroke inducing heat bill that we recalled that hole. Could such a small area, with it’s make shift cover really be allowing that much heat to escape? The following summer we patched the hole and it soon became apparent just how much air was escaping through it. The lesson was learned but the thought of all the wasted money was a hard pill to swallow. Especially considering how much money we had invested into making our home a lean, green ENERGY STAR® machine.
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
From windows and doors to appliances, and even the TV, many of the items we put into our home were ENERGY STAR certified products. Beyond savings from simply having energy efficient products, we got a sweet kick back on our tax return that year. Plus, local utility companies provide ENERGY STAR rebates that can save you up to $300.
October is Energy Awareness Month and with winter approaching and Energy Bills sky rocketing it’s a good time to think about energy efficiency to save yourself some money. Best Buy has more than 2,300 unique ENERGY STAR certified products available in Best Buy stores and online.
In addition to purchasing ENERGY STAR products, also make sure you’re doing little things like turning the thermostat down just a few degrees, insulating your water heater and fixing any pesky air leaks (trust me on this one).