5 Simple Ways to Green Your Home
1. Get a Free Energy Evaluation
Energy evaluations/audits help to identify ways in which you can conserve energy and highlight specific costs associated with energy losses. Audits project potential savings from implementing the recommended systems or modifications of your housing operations.
Sign up for eScore and get a free home energy evaluation from EPB and find tips on how to better use your appliances to conserve energy:
Or download a do-it-yourself Home Energy Audit.
2. Switch Out Your Lightbulbs
Switching your incandescent lights to CFL or LED can save energy and save money! The bulbs are just as bright as incandescents while generating less heat, using less energy, and lasting up to 8 to 10 times longer. Currently, if you request the energy evaluation described above through EPB as part of TVA's eScore program, you can get up to 12 free CFL's as part of the process. https://www.2escore.com/
3. Heat and Cool Wisely
By changing air filters regularly or using a programmable thermostat, you can drive down the cost of your energy bill substantially. Setting back your thermostat 5-8 degrees when you leave the house can also save you on your energy bill. Also, be sure to get your equipment serviced at least once a year.
By keeping your landfills from overflowing, reducing air pollution and conserving the energy it takes to create a brand new product, recycling is an easy way to make a positive impact on your environment. If you live in the city limits of Chattanooga, be sure to sign up for curbside pickup here:
If you live outside of the city limits, check out these additional resources:
5. Use Water Efficiently
Three percent of the nation's energy is used to pump and treat water. Conserving water saves energy, both at home and for the city! Simple actions you can do include installing aerators on faucets, using low-flow shower heads, repairing all toilet and faucet leaks right away, running the dishwasher only with a full load, and only watering your lawn during the coolest parts of the day. Another advantage to participating in eScore is that you'll receive a low-flow shower head to help save hot water, which reduces your energy bill and conserves water.
Curious what's involved in an energy audit? Check out this great infographic from the Department of Energy