Home Energy Efficiency:
Reduce your Home’s Energy Consumption
and Acorn Home Improvement
- The United States EPA estimates that homeowners can typically save up to 20%
of heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% of total energy
costs) by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in
attics, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim
joists. This estimate is based on energy modeling of
cost-effective improvements made to 'typical' existing U.S.
homes with a weighted composite of characteristics.
- According to the EPA, a typical New Jersey homeowner
replacing single-pane clear-glass windows with energy star
qualified windows can save a $410 a year; replacing double-pane
clear-glass windows with energy star qualified windows can save
$75 a year. (The methodology employed assumes a 2,000 square
foot, single story, detached house with 300 square feet of
window area (15% of floor), gas heat and electric air
conditioning with certain default operational assumptions).
- An energy star qualified window will typically be
double-paned, with low-e glass coating and an inert gas between
- NJ has incentives for home energy efficiency and will fund
up to 50% of such home improvements up to $10,000
implement two of the home energy efficiency recommendations:
- Install and use a programmable
- Use a
flue balloon or
energy-saving top sealing chimney damper.
- Use weather stripping to seal up cracks and stop drafts on
windows and doorframes. Use caulking to seal around gaps in
windows and door glass.
- Enable computer monitor sleep
mode while you are away.
- Replace older windows with newer, more efficient models.
- Install vacancy sensors in children's rooms, bathrooms or basement.
Vacancy sensors are a very inexpensive way to cut down on energy
usage in spaces that get little traffic or do not need constant
lighting. Vacancy sensors can be set so that lights may be
manually turned on or off as required, but automatically turned
off after a programmed amount of time has elapsed with no motion
detected. Replacements for switches can be found
- Add or replace attic insulation as necessary.
- Install storm doors and windows if you don't have
- Install an Attic fan (solar powered if
- Seal leaks in my home's duct
smart power strips.
- Add foam
insulation to electrical outlets and switches on external walls.