This week marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
You probably know that conserving energy is good for the planet, but you may not realize just how good it can be for your bank account.
Good Question: Just how much can I save by go going green in my home?
Joanne and Doug Wikle spend over $3,000 a year to heat, cool and power their three bedroom home.
The Wikle's want to trim those bills and potentially get a $1500 federal tax credit which expires at the end of the year, but they aren't sure where to start.
Glenn Hooper of Residential Energy Conservation can help.
He conducts energy audits to help homeowners conserve energy and save money.
"Houses are losing tons and tons of money. When you air seal and when you insulate you're recouping those losses immediately." said Glenn Hooper.
Hours of diagnostic testing helps Hooper determine that the Wikles can reduce their utility bills by $1500 a year, but will need to spend some money to do so.
Switching from oil to natural gas heat-saving an estimated $493 annually.
Improving the attic's insulation and air sealing, saving at least $400 a year.
Buy a more efficient hot water heater, to save $240.
If a pricey home improvement project is out right now, how about switching to energy efficient light bulbs.
The Wikle's were surprised to learn changing out their light bulbs could pack a savings of $400 a year.
For the other projects on the Wikle's list, Hooper says it will be at least seven years for them to pay off, but the Wilkes say its worth it.
"Its hard to argue with 1500 a year." said Doug Wikle.
Locally, both Touchstone Energy and Kentucky Utilities offer in home energy audits.
To schedule your audit, all you have to do is call to set one up.