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Get On The Path To An Energy Efficient Home

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Energy efficient lighting and Energy Star appliances are among the easiest and most cost-effective steps you can take to save energy and reduce global warming pollution. Lighting improvements are the easiest place to start. If you’ve only tried one or two CFL lightbulbs, go ahead and upgrade the rest of your house. Make sure you start with the lights you use most often (closet lights can wait until last).

Energy Star is the key label to watch for when choosing which energy-using appliance or device to purchase for your home. When you’ve chosen your Energy Star product, don’t keep the old one in operation – have it recycled! That old refrigerator in your basement that you use to cool a few drinks costs far more to operate than the new one in your kitchen. Who knows, the cold drink you enjoy from that refrigerator may actually weigh less than the carbon dioxide produced to keep it cold!

If you want some professional guidance to help you identify what cost-effective steps you can take to save energy in your home, consider contacting your utility for a home energy audit.

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Home energy audits are widely available from utilities in the southeast. We can’t vouch for the quality of the audits as we have not evaluated them all. Call your utility to see if they offer a home energy audit and what qualifications your auditor will have. It could end up saving you several hundred dollars a year while helping reduce the threat of climate change.

TVA

Duke Energy Carolinas

Progress Energy Carolinas

Georgia Power

Alabama Power

Mississippi Power

Gulf Power

Progress Energy Florida

Tampa Electric (TECO)

Jacksonville Electric

Orlando Utilities

City of Tallahassee

Gainesville Regional Utilities

Santee Cooper (Central Electric Co-op)

Learn what incentives are available to cut your upfront costs

There are all sorts of incentives for energy efficiency products and services that may be available to you. These incentives are designed to assist with the upfront cost of energy efficiency improvements and will make your investments that much more cost-effective. Start with the federal tax incentives being offered for items such as insulation, windows, and heating and air conditioning systems. Then check you local utility for incentives or low interest financing that might be offered for products that meet certain efficiency standards. By taking advantage of these incentives to maximize your home’s efficiency, you’ll be saving money and the environment in no time.