Home Energy Checklist

Schedule an energy audit for more expert advice on your home as a whole.

Use energy-saving settings on refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers.

Clean or replace furnace, air-conditioner, and heat-pump filters

Check your attic or crawlspace and inspect for insulation. Is there any? How much?

Insulate ducts wherever they run through unheated areas.

Seal up the largest air leaks in your house—the ones that whistle on windy days, or feel drafty. The worst culprits are usually not windows and doors, but utility cut throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets. Better yet, hire an energy auditor with a blower door to point out where the worst cracks are. All the little, invisible cracks and holes may add up to as much as an open window or door, without you ever knowing it!

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) can save three-quarters of the electricity used by incandescent bulbs. The best targets are 60-100 watt bulbs used several hours a day.

Ask your electric company or the Texas State Energy Office for information about energy efficiency.

Resources

Tax Credit

Database of State Incentives and Renewables and Efficiency

Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel

State Energy Conservation Office

Energy Star

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