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Planter's Self Audit

Source:   Below are EPA's recommendations after the editor filled out an online self-auditing form.  Not surprising to learn that the biggest energy hog here in New Hampshire is heating. 

Top 5 Upgrades Session ID: H3929
Zipcode: 03278
Location: Pittsfield, New_Hampshire
Here is an estimation of your energy bill, and the bill savings from the top 5 recommended upgrades for your house, based on the questions you answered.
Annual Energy Cost   For Your House

                        $2021

Annual Energy Cost With Upgrade

$1543

Potential   Savings
          $478
Breakdown of Annual Energy Use
in Your House
Energy Use Your House Your House with
Top 5 Upgrades
Heating $1049 $571
Water Heating $125 $125
Appliances $506 $506
Lighting $119 $119
Miscellaneous $222 $222
These are the top 5 recommended upgrades listed in order of highest return on your investment.
  1. Install an ENERGY STAR-labeled programmable thermostat.  Estimated return on investment:  16%-23%.  Annual Savings:  $101
  2. Have your ducts professionally sealed to reduce leakage. Estimated return on investment:   35%-71%.  Annual Savings:  $143
  3. Have a professional seal your home's air leaks. Estimated return on investment:   23%-68%.  Annual Savings:  $170
  4. Insulate your ceiling to at least R-49.  Estimated Return on investment:   13%-19%.  Annual Savings:  $93
  5. Insulate the floor above your basement to at least R-19.  Estimated return on investment:  10%-22%.  Annual Savings:  $84

  Formerly EPA's Home Improvement Tools