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Wasted Energy Hiding in your Basement and Attic

Welcome to the Energy Expert series. Join Cherie, your smart energy advocate, as she takes you through her home, exploring the many ways you can become an energy expert with the help of Smartmart and energy efficiency programs available through your local utility.

There’s a lot going on in your basement and attic, helping make the rest of your home a healthy, comfortable and functional place to live. While they may be easy to overlook, keeping these important areas in your home in working order can save you a lot of wasted energy, and money. Let’s start by looking at some of the biggest energy users in your basement.
Basement hogs
Did you know the average American household washes almost 300 loads of laundry each year? Upgrading to ENERGY STAR® certified clothes washers and dryers can save you a load of energy, and your utility may offer additional incentives, too. You can also save even more energy by washing full loads, cleaning your lint trap regularly, and air-drying your laundry in the warmer months. 
You may also be wasting valuable energy by keeping an extra fridge or freezer running in your basement. Consider recycling it. You can save up to $150 a year in energy costs and get $50 from your utility company. And while you’re down there, think about the last time you gave your furnace or water heater some TLC. You can upgrade to energy-efficient HVAC and water heating equipment and look for rebates on the cost of services and maintenance.
And for more help keeping your laundry room and HVAC system in working order, check out the Laundry Room Repair Plan and HVAC Repair Plan, which can provide peace of mind for the potentially expensive, sometimes stressful repairs that come with the equipment we rely on in the basement.
Put a lid on it
The attic plays a big role in how well your home maintains a comfortable temperature. Improper sealing and insulation in the attic can lead to significant energy waste. And if your home is like most in the U.S., it could use some additional insulation.  Have a professional seal any air leaks and add insulation to save on your energy bills, as well as make your home more comfortable. FirstEnergy’s utilities can help with a home energy audit performed by a certified professional who inspects your home for air leaks and inefficiencies and offers suggestions for energy-saving improvements. 
Visit your state’s energy efficiency page for available audit programs, as well as rebates and incentives on energy-efficient appliances and HVAC equipment: Ohio customers | Pennsylvania customers| Maryland customers