The Red Wing Sustainability Commission has graciously provided the Library with 6 brand new Thermal Leak Detectors by Black & Decker. As summer nears, help beat the heat in your home by checking for leaks around windows, doorways, electrical outlets, and more. Small cracks in your home allow for the escape of cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. You could currently be throwing away hundreds of dollars in energy costs and lowering the value of your home! Start saving today by checking out a Thermal Leak Detector.
Once you’ve checked your home for leaks, use this resource for more information on how to increase the value of your home and put more money back in your pocket: http://energyboomer.typepad.com/energyboomer/2009/06/air-leaks-waste-money-on-your-home-energy-bills.html
The Red Wing Public Library also has Power Check Meters provided by Xcel Energy. The Power Check Meters allow you to plug in an appliance and determine what appliances in your home are using the most energy, how much each one’s operating costs are for you, and which appliances are outdated and in need of replacement. By helping you reduce your energy usage, the Power Check Meters will help you save money, conserve natural resources, and reduce the emissions in your local power plant!
Once you’ve checked out which electronics and appliances are due for an upgrade, make sure to look for the Energy Star logo when you’re out shopping. The Energy Star logo helps you find the equipment that will save you the most money on energy costs! Go to http://www.energystar.gov to learn more about ways you can save energy and money around your home.