Slash your home energy bills
Tips to save cash while keeping cool
- Duration 4:10
- Date Jun 17, 2012
Tips to save cash while keeping cool
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Summer time is fast approaching and around the country air conditioners are being fired up as folks try to beat the heat we already have a cooling your home.
Can certainly take it hole on your electric -- is starting to see it rise.
Well in today's take charge consumer protection segment I want to give you a little sneak -- on how I can keep your energy costs down all year long.
Joining us now residential energy consultant and home designer Philip -- high -- Good morning thanks friend -- boy anything you can give us that we continue to bring our energy costs now and I'm already seeing my bill triple and it's not easy in the summer yet what are some of the things we should be doing around our home -- We know there certainly -- and -- the economy like it is people are hard and on the electricity bills and they energy usage.
-- one of the main things you can do as a home energy audit.
You can do it do it yourself home energy audit but in reality.
It's a lot better if you have a professional do that because they're able to test for a lot of things you cannot do by yourself.
And home energy audit.
Well as you -- figure out how much energy your home is using or losing.
Every day we're gonna -- his energy well you know when you don't buy yourself when you do the home energy -- yourself.
There's ways to go around and test.
Al why you have air leakage and things like bad when you haven't done by professional.
There anybody is a blower door test.
That takes all the air out of your house and you can -- -- duct work.
And -- -- return -- things like that and we've -- homes in the past.
And one out of three homes that we test the duct work it's completely disconnected and at least one place and that's a huge energy -- Easter.
-- -- -- basically you're saying that we're using energy in places that we're losing it and we can cut that out.
Before I ask you the question the reason I wanted to do this segment -- I was on the Internet and I happen to see that there's something called an energy monitor our.
That you could plug in at home and we you know you get that bill it says how many kilowatt.
Hours or whatever you used.
You never know if they're telling you the truth so can you actually track what you're using using one of those monitors.
You know you can't and I have one here with me this -- -- -- a kilowatt.
And August -- that this save me about thirty dollars a Mott the first time up like India.
And -- -- the way this works is you plug this in your wall.
As a LED display and the need plugged in 8110.
Volt apply answered TV here is that you have -- end of that.
It measures how much how many kilowatts per hour that devices using.
And then you can take you electric -- -- of your utility bill multiply that Anna that tell you how many dollars per month.
That is using so you can plug in -- TV.
I in my case have a small pool so I'll -- -- -- -- pumpkin Mondale was a lot higher than I thought it should be.
And I found it immediately.
That this was cup -- forced costs in the about sixty dollars a month.
So rile the bat I put it on a timer so -- twelve hours on twelve hours all cut that down to thirty dollars a month.
-- look at -- you can cut your usage that way see where you need to cut or you can go to the power company go I hop.
Which is great so if you take charge you can save money that way before we go what would a professional.
Coming in and doing an energy audit on -- average size home car.
It's you know they just depends on a lot of -- in my area to run the test.
It's about 500 dollars for them to come out and test your home give you a detailed report of where your air leakage is some of the problems you have.
But -- if you want it fixed it can be anywhere from a thousand to 5000 dollars.
The -- watching fine because if he finally here ductwork is bad -- your unit as bad.
You know both things need to be faced the most of that -- that they see me fits with.
Call electrical -- gas gets like this that you can do on.
Electrical outlets some light switches over really cut down on hand filtration.
Thanks for bringing all of that stuff it's great to meet you in those ducks if you don't clean amount I know that can be a fire hazard as well -- throw that in.
Thanks for being here helping us take charge of our skyrocketing soon electric -- --