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Home Energy

Tips from NDSU Extension to ensure homeowners are getting the most out of their money. To reduce energy use in homes, pay attention to areas that use the most energy:

Heating and Cooling, Home Construction/Insulation, Appliances, Lighting, Energy Audits.

Heating and Cooling:Top Ten Home Energy Savings

  • ENERGY STAR website - website with product information including tax credits for energy related items

Home Construction/Insulation: (.pdf) - information on insulation types as well as installation tips. 

Lighting:CFLCFL bulb

The best way to save money and natural resources is to not use energy. The simplest way to reduce energy with lighting is to turn lights off when not in use. For lights that are being used, ensure energy-efficient light bulbs are installed. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last much longer. Use natural lighting when possible. Homeowners pay for the watts used, so the lower the watt rating on lighting devices, the less they have to pay to use them.

Lighting Resources:

ENERGY STAR lighting webpage

ENERGY STAR CFL Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf)

For more about home energy go here.

Energy Audits:

The NDSU Extension service has developed a procedure where homeowners can do their own basic energy audit using an infrared thermometer.  By following along with some tips provided in the publication Determining Insulation and Air Infiltrations Levels Using an Infrared Thermometer and the accompanying questionnaire a homeowner can find sources of air leaks as well as basic ideas of insulation levels in a home.



Infrared ThermometerAE 1373A Infrared Thermometer Questionare




NDSU, Dept. 7620

P.O. Box 6050

Fargo, ND  58108-6050

Phone: 701.231.7261

Fax: 701.231.1008

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