Energy saving tips to help home based business owners save money on home heating costs You probably aren’t planning a party to recognize this particular celebration I’m about to mention, but it’s worth taking notice of the purpose. Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) dedicates October as Energy Awareness Month. Yeah, it’s a surprise to most of us. But the official mission of the DOE is an important one — to educate consumers on the critical impact energy use has on our lives, our community and our country. As home-based business owners know, keeping your home running smoothly translates into a business that can run smoothly as well. So what’s good for the home is good for your bottom line. When it comes to wasting energy, one of the biggest culprits is poor insulation. In fact, a study conducted by Harvard University showed that more than 45 million U.S. homes are under-insulated. Coupled with an anticipated 17 percent increase in the costs of natural gas — the primary heating source used in 58 percent of U.S. homes — there is no better time for homeowners to evaluate the energy efficiency of their homes. Here are a few tips to get started, thanks to experts with CertainTeed Corporation: Conduct a home energy audit. With a simple but careful walk-through, many problems can be spotted in any type of house. Locate obvious air leaks by examining gaps along the baseboard or edge of the flooring, at junctures of the walls and ceilings, and at electrical box openings and plumbing penetrations. If cracks are present, caulk and weatherstrip. Attic insulation is key when evaluating the energy efficiency of a home. If the attic has 6 inches or less of insulation, it should be upgraded to the recommended level of insulation for that geographic area. Visit certainteed.com or talk with a local insulation contractor to learn the appropriate level. Check moisture management. Some insulating systems can provide the added benefit of moisture management in addition to traditional insulation performance. Specific products offer excellent thermal protection while reducing in-the-wall moisture to help prevent the growth of damaging mold and mildew. Check air flow. Air enters the living space from unheated parts of the house, such as attics, basements or crawl spaces. Any ducts that pass through an unheated space should be sealed and insulated, to prevent air and heat loss. Insulation works best when air is not moving through or around it. Seal air leaks to ensure that insulation is providing its full performance. Contact experienced Staten Island appliance repair technicians to come and check your air flow and with a free evaluation determine if your AC needs to be repaired or replaced. They can assist with fixing the air flow issue if needed. Check the R-value of fiber glass insulation before buying it. Plainly, R-value means resistance to heat flow. The greater the R-value, the greater the insulation power.