When you look at your monthly utility bills, do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that you're not doing enough to save energy—not just for the environment, but for your household budget, as well? If so, you'll be happy to know that there's an effective way to measure energy waste in your home and then devise a strategy for reversing that waste. It's called a home energy evaluation.
Energy-conscious consumers know that having quality insulation and double-paned storm windows can reduce heating and cooling costs. However, it's easy to forget that keeping energy costs down requires you to regularly review your home for air leaks and any places where air sealing is necessary.
If you have just completed a home energy audit, you're probably wondering "what next?" The first step is to make a list of the efficiency improvements needed, and then categorize them by levels of importance and/or budget.