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    Quick Ways to Improve Your Austin Home’s Energy Efficiency

    If you’re like most people, you don’t want to have to pay more for your home’s energy than what you need to. Forget for a moment concerns about waste and the environment, and understand that most homeowners are throwing money away every month because their homes could really stand to improve their energy efficiency.

    Fortunately, there are some relatively basic and quick things you can do if you want to improve your energy efficiency today:

    • Start by assessing the situation. There are a number of online energy efficiency calculators you can use to estimate how much money you’re burning every month just because your home could stand to see improved energy efficiency. These calculators take all of about five minutes to use. If you’re more aggressive and have more time, you can bring in a professional energy auditor who can do a thorough assessment and tell you where the most effective energy efficiency improvements will be for your particular home.
    • Change out your thermostat. One of the quickest ways to improve energy efficiency in your home is to start with the thermostat. You can install a programmable thermostat fairly simply, and they’re really not that expensive at all. They are readily available at most local hardware stores, and you’re almost certain to find them at the big box tool and home improvement stores.
    • Check your insulation. Whether it’s adding some insulation to your attic or simply caulking around your exterior doors and windows, taking an hour or two to better insulate your home and reduce the air flow is a great way to quickly improve the energy efficiency of your home.
    • Make use of an alternate heat source. If you have a fireplace, use it. Of course, you want to make sure that the damper on the fireplace is shut when you’re not using it, and that all of your seals around your fireplace’s hearth are tight.
    • Get energy efficient appliances. If you’ve got a 20 year-old clothes dryer, chances are pretty good you’re not being anywhere near as efficient as you can. Today’s appliances are greener (not to mention much more feature rich) than those of decades past.

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