Tracking your energy and water usage is the first step towards understanding the way your utility systems perform and improving home efficiency. Here are a few tips to build an assessment of the way your home functions:
- Contact your utility company for past bills to build a usage history
- Compare & track your energy usage to neighbors using the Energy Star Yardstick
- Visit www.wegowise.com to track all of your utility usage at one location. This tool will “score” your efficiency and help you make more informed decisions when it comes to updating your home
- Purchase a home energy monitor to track your up-to the minute usage
Perform an Energy Assessment
If you like to do-it-yourself, perform an energy assessment to identify air leaks, insulation issues, system performance, and lighting efficiency. Use the MN Green Communities’ “Choosing a Healthy Home Checklist” to identify and assess the exterior and interior of your home.