The United States Department of Energy’s tool for reducing home energy use and your
Improving energy efficiency in homes has great potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. Energy audits are a great way to find inefficiencies in your home and make improvements, but they can be expensive. So what is a homeowner to do?
In a previous post, we wrote about Opower and their revolutionary tool for managing your home energy use and lowering your electric bills. This time we’d like to tell you about a similar tool provided by the United States Department of Energy – for free.
Home Energy Saver (HES) is a website where you can conduct your own home energy audit by answering some simple questions about your home and your energy use behavior. You can also find answers to your questions about how their tool works and how to save energy.
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with sponsorship from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), created the tool to support other energy-saving initiatives around the country and to increase consumer interest in energy efficiency.
Home Energy Saver helps homeowners and renters save money by reducing energy use in their homes. HES recommends energy-saving upgrades based on what the user fills out, the local climate, and local energy prices. The program computes a home’s energy use in seconds, estimates the home’s carbon footprint, and shows how much it can be reduced.
Home Energy Saver is part of the overall federal energy mission to promote the Energy Star brand and other federal programs by allowing homeowners to quantify energy savings and the environmental benefits of doing so.
If you’re looking to decrease your home’s carbon footprint and save energy and money, visit the site and get started. It’s pretty easy!