When in New York City a couple of months ago, I visited with some representatives of Microsoft Hohm. This is a really great way for you to go in and measure how energy efficient your home is. You can even upload your home address and monitor your daily — or even hourly – energy usage. Doing so can help you see when you are using a lot of energy and what changes you can make to your routine to be more conservative. I did the test/survey and ended up being one of the top Green Bloggers! You can read more about my story and the other bloggers on Microsoft Hohm Blog.
One thing that I love about conserving energy is that it not only helps the environment, it actually can save you money! In the article, I mention that we swapped out our regular pleated shades with room darkening ones and the difference in temperature has been unbelievable! We noticed a decrease of at least 10 degrees in our son’s room!! We realized that we had to spend a little right now, but we will easily recoup our savings in our energy bill. I went through Shop at Home to make my purchase, found a coupon that worked, and made 3% cash back right on the spot!
I am really humbled and honored to make this article. It just shows that you may not even know you are doing good things, when in reality – you are! Definitely check it out and run the test yourself to see how you measure up!