Unless you’ve been living in a cave, in which case you probably don’t worry too much about energy costs, you know that energy costs have skyrocketed. And, of course, our incomes have not kept pace. You can take back control and cut energy bills by finding out the ‘weak spots’ in your homes energy usage.

Simple things like using energy efficient light bulbs and lowering the temperature on your water heater can help save you some money but the biggest energy cost you have are your heating and cooling costs. Finding ways to cut back on these areas can add up to real savings. But there is an alternative energy source I’m pretty sure you may not have given a lot of thought to.

Were you aware that the use of a home wind turbine, can lower your power bill by as much as 60% or perhaps even more. In other words you will be gnerating your electricty to heat and cool your home year round. This amazing technology can be tied in with a energy audit and bingo you are saving a big chunk of change.

If you want to hire a professional to do an energy audit just call your local utility company for a referral. Just remember that these audits are pretty expensive and you can do a lot of the same things yourself for free.

The first thing you need to look for are leaks. Any gaps where your nice heated, or cooled, air is going right out the window, literally. Finding these holes requires nothing more than some time and careful attention. Simply go around your windows, doors, baseboards, electrical outlets, and foundation and look for any visible holes.

Once you spot problem areas use caulk, or a foam insulating product, to plug up the gap.

Another thing you need to do is make sure your home has enough insulation. Check with your local building supply store as to what the proper ‘R’ value is for your home and location. If you don’t have enough insulation you can add more for very little cost.

Cut energy bills by doing a home energy audit yourself or hiring someone to do one for you. The first step to fixing any problem is identifying what the problem is. You can also hire a professional or “do it yourself” installation of a home windmill. Between knowing the air loss weak spots and installing your own wind power generator you can sit back and enjoy the savings for the many years to come.

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