Find out your home’s energy efficient score: Do 1 Thing ENERGY STAR

Have you ever wondered how you REALLY stack up on energy efficiency? For this week’s Do 1 Thing tip, check out ENERGY STAR’s Home Energy Yardstick and find out how your home compares to similar homes.

By answering a few basic questions about your home, you can get:

· Your home’s Home Energy Yardstick score (on a scale of 1 to 10);
· Insights into how much of your home’s energy use is related to heating and cooling versus other everyday uses like appliances, lighting, and hot water;
· Links to guidance from ENERGY STAR on how to increase your home’s score, improve comfort, and lower utility bills; and
· An estimate of your home’s annual carbon emissions.

To calculate your Yardstick score, all you need is some basic information about your home:
· Your ZIP code;
· Your home’s square footage;
· Number of full time home occupants;
· A list of all the different fuels used in your home (e.g., electricity, natural gas, fuel oil); and
· Your latest utility bills, which will usually show a 12 month summary

Once you find out your score, you’ll know how far you have to go to improve. Share your score on social media to encourage others to get measured too. And, join the conversation on social media with #Do1ThingENERGYSTAR.

See more information and Do 1 Thing tips at www.energystar.gov.

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Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.