Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Check out the Online Energy Audit Site

Hey, check out this site put up by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

It is an online energy audit tool.

Here is what the site says about itself:
"About The Home Energy Saver

The Home Energy Saver is designed to help consumers identify the best ways to save energy in their homes, and find the resources to make the savings happen. The Home Energy Saver was the first Internet-based tool for calculating energy use in residential buildings. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of the national ENERGY STAR Program for improving energy efficiency in homes, with previous support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's PATH projgram, and the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program."

This is a very cool website, and I have started entering my own house in. You can get as detailed as you want in explaining your appliances, insulation, usage and house set-up. You also give them a pay-back period so that they recommend only improvements that make economic sense for your situation.

You get a reference number that you keep so that you can go back later and make adjustments to your situation.

In the end, it gives your projected costs foryour current house (which you can check against your current budget....you do have a budget?) Then it gives you a list of suggested improvements, their costs, and the calculated savings gotten from each!

It really is a well done site. Check it out!

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