Calculate your home’s energy efficiency
How do you know whether or not your home is energy efficient? Bret Curry, residential energy manager for Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, came up with this method, based on your average monthly energy use.
1. Multiply the square footage of your home by 10 cents. (A 1,500 square-foot home multiplied by 10 cents ($0.10) equals $150.)
2. Total your electric bills for a one-year period. If you heat with natural gas or propane, add those bills to the total.
3. Divide the total by 12 to establish the monthly average.
4. If your monthly average exceeds the square-footage multiplied by 10 cents calculation, you probably should make some energy efficiency improvements.