One of the first things to determine is how much energy do I use? EnergyStar answers the question Where Does My Energy Money Go? By looking at where energy dollars go in the average household you can begin to focus on certain areas that can help you save energy and dollars.
By looking at your most recent electric bill you can see how many kilowatts you used each month for the past thirteen months. Ask yourself is it in line with what you used this month last year. If it has increased could it be because an appliance is breaking down and it is taking more energy to keep it working? Or are your conservaton efforts working and you can see a reduction?
The average household in Wellesley uses over 990 kWh per month. While the average in Massachusetts (non-electric heating) household uses just over 550 kWh. Where do you fall in this mix?
What should you do next? How about take a look at a thermal image of your home? Then schedule a no-cost home energy assessment. Both can be done by visiting wellesleypowertochoose.com a program sponsored by the MLP and Wellesley's Sustainable Energy Committee and managed by Sagewell.
The thermal image of your home will help you to identify those areas of heat loss and Sagewell will connect you with ways to make energy efficient improvements to you home, first by having an energy assessment completed, if you haven't had one done in the past two years. Once the assessment is complete, you'll want to begin to implement the items suggested for improvement. All this helps to make an even better Wellesley.
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