Energy Tips for Georgia Homes

The best way to lower heating and cooling bills in your

existing home is to:

• Weather-strip doors and windows

• Seal all openings in the shell of your home with caulk, mastic, spray-foam or weather stripping. Seal the cracks and gaps in framing along with the holes for plumbing, mechanical equipment, and electrical outlets.

• Check to see if the damper on the fireplace is closed when not in use and confirm that all bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans vent to the outside, not just into the attic.

• Install storm windows

• Seal ductwork with mastic

• Add insulation, particulary in the attic. Insulation helps to save money and energy because it works to keep the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer.

• In the cold months, lower the thermostat to 68˚ during the day and 60˚at night. During the hot months of the year, raise your thermostat setting to 74˚ and use fans to make your home more comfortable. Install an Energy Star® programmable thermostat

• Purchase home appliances with the EPA Energy Star® label, an energy efficiency rating for the most efficient appliances.


Conserve Energy

• Ceiling fans increase your comfort level while decrease your energy costs and make you comfortable even when it is several degrees warmer in your home.

• Fix leaky faucets. Leaving a faucet dripping wastes a lot of water.

• Install a low-flow showerhead to save water.

• When washing clothes, use the coolest appropriate setting. Be careful not to over-dry clothes.

• Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) ones. CFL’s last about 5 years under normal usage and save a lot of energy.

• Keep refrigerator coils (in the back) clean of dust; the performance and savings of your refrigerator will be improved. Make sure the rubber lining around your refrigerator door stays in good shape so that your refrigerator will seal tightly.


  • It is preferable to retain the services of a home inspector who issues a full written report detailing what is wrong, why it’s wrong, and what needs to be done to correct the uncovered defects. It’s just important to make sure that your inspector has the knowledge of reporting the positive attributes of the home as well. When making such a huge buying decision this can help you keep the existing home in proper prospective.
  • Checklist home inspection reports such as checking off good, fair, poor, and the like are inadequate. Typically, these home inspection reports consist of check lists handed to you at the end of an inspection that leave you wondering what to do next.
  • Take a copy of the home buyers’ home inspection checklist when you visiting perspective homes, when you see a home that you might consider, use the check list to make notes. You will find this check list to be an invaluable resource to help you remember what you’ve seen and will be an important aid when you accompany your professional Home Inspector during your home inspection.