If you’re like me and want to save both money and energy, you might contact Rise Engineering. They came out to my home this week and did a free energy assessment. I live in an older home, but they are full of information for all homeowners. They work with National Grid and provided me with many tips on how to keep my costs affordable and my home comfortable.
We walked around the entire house, inside and outside, and the energy specialist they sent over even went into my eaves, attic and crawlspace! He discussed insulation and air sealing to reduce drafts, cleaning my radiators, window replacements, water heaters that can be upgraded to solar, appliances (mine already have Energy Star ratings!), programmable thermostats and gave me some new Energy Star compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) which use 75% less electricity and last 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. There are many programs and rebates available to homeowners to help you in your energy conservation endeavors.
In Rhode Island, call 1-888-633-7947 to schedule an appointment. It took about two weeks for me from the time I contacted them, and was well worth it. I should be getting a full written report from them soon, and will be able to plan exactly where I want to begin with their advice. To learn more about reducing energy usage in your home, check out www.powerofaction.com/efficiency. Protect your investment! Get smart about energy! I did!