Be Prepared for Your Energy Audit!
Give Your Home a Green Once-Over
To get ready for the energy audit you and your Junior friends will perform, start with a wide-ranging visual energy audit of your home. Look for leaky windows, and lights and electrical equipment (computers, DVDs, stereos, kitchen equipment) left on or plugged in overnight. What might you suggest your family do to be more energy efficient? Call a family meeting to discuss ways to save energy, such as: Trees on a home?s south and west sides shade it in summer and block wind in winter. The average home?s power use emits 22,000 pounds of greenhouse gases each year ?twice as much as a car. TVs, DVDs, and computers eat up 15 percent of a home?s energy use. They suck energy even when off. 70