How to make your home more energy efficient

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Knoxville (WVLT) - Most people cringe at the word audit, but when was the last time you took an energy audit of your home?

That's what the Tennessee Valley Authority is suggesting as part of it's new energy efficiency plan. It takes all of us to make it work.

Volunteer TV's Liz Tedone has more.

TVA is getting ready to introduce two new plans - energy efficiency and renewable energy. It's going to take all of us to make the first plan work. Here's how:

"All of us consumers, the public, businesses, all have to participate in order to make it successful," said Joe Hoagland, vice president of Energy Efficiency TVA.

We can all pitch in by looking inside our homes. Are we as energy efficient as we can be? Try taking this home audit at TVA's website You'll get a rating on your home's overall energy performance and some suggestions on how to improve your savings.

"They can include increasing the insulation in your home, things like caulking around your windows, putting in CFL lightbulbs, that kind of thing," Hoagland said.

CFL lightbulbs use 75 percent less energy than regular lightbulbs, and just for completing the home audit, you'll get a free energy savings kit which includes two lightbulbs and almost 39 dollars worth of energy saving materials.

Here are some other energy tips TVA is touting: Install a programmable thermostat that will adjust the temperature when you're gone during the day or at night. Don't rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, it wastes water. Keep a full freezer. It works best when it's full and you'll lose less cold air when you open the door. Regularly check your heating and cooling ducts for small leaks and use an insulation with a value of R-11 or higher in your floors, and finally know when to let the sun in our out to help naturally heat and cool your home during the right season.

So far, almost five thousand customers have completed the "energyright" audit online. TVA will be looking at it's second plan, renewable energy, on Wednesday.

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