How to Save Energy at Home

Homeowners already know the conventional wisdom of turning off lights and letting the AC and heater do a little less work, but knowing how to save on an energy bill takes more than just a couple tips or appliance upgrades. Certainly, if you are concerned about your carbon footprint, there are plenty of products that can replace their high-energy predecessors. However, the best way to save energy comes down to more than just a new purchase. See below how to save energy at home when you want to make room for your budget at the same time.

How to Save on Your Heating Bill

One of the easiest ways to save on your heating bill is by managing your water heater more efficiently. Naturally, knowing how to save energy at home starts with reducing consumption of high-energy sources. Doing laundry with warm or cool water and reducing shower time are both useful, but you can also turn down the thermostat on your water heater to target it at the source. Combine this with insulation around the first six feet of pipes and you won’t even notice the difference.

How to Save on Your Energy Bill: Phantom Loads

One of the most wasteful parts of any household can be plugged-in appliances and electronics that are left on Standby or even Off modes. This is what is known as “phantom loads,” which if left unchecked can mean over $200 dollars in extra costs each year. Try unplugging devices overnight or during the day while you’re away. Alternatively, smart power strips with variable timers can impede energy drains during set times as well.

Proper Insulation Can Save Energy Cost

Installing Insulation

Upgraded thermal pane windows are one of the best ways to prevent leaking that expensive climate control out into the neighborhood. It is also an important part of any seasonal home maintenance checklists, and can increase the value of a home! If energy-efficient windows aren’t in the cards this season, sealing gaps with caulk is an inexpensive and semi-permanent fix. You can also look for issues with shingles, air ducts, and anywhere that connects the indoors to outdoors.

Protect Your Investment with The BrickKicker

The BrickKicker team has the latest on how to save energy at home and keep your next purchase in top condition . We’ve been kicking bricks and taking notes since 1989, and our expertise only continues to grow. Keep us in mind when you want true professionals for a residential, environmental, or commercial inspection.

The BrickKicker COVID-19 Response 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted businesses and markets all across the globe.

At The BrickKicker, our reputation has continued to stand tall during these times of uncertainty just as it has over the last 30 years. We continue to strive for highest regards to transparency and reliability, ensuring our customers will continue to count on us. With that, it is important for us to share how we are managing our business during these uncertain times.

First and foremost, we will continue to be laser focused on monitoring all WHO, CDC & DOC broadcasts to a) guarantee The BrickKicker is contributing to keeping our community safe & healthy and b) to take advantage of additional resources available to offer comfort to our employees and clients alike.

Our team at The BrickKicker will remain committed to delivering full operational support throughout the weeks and months ahead. For the continued safety of all our employees and staff, we are still asking to keep the number of those attending the inspection to a bare minimum, if any at all. Our inspectors are equipped with SentriLock access (with proper agent approval) and take plenty of photos during the inspection to produce a very detailed report. Oh, and no need need to be a worry of missing valuable information or stress over deadlines, our team is great about getting the reports out within 24 hours or often the same day.

Each inspector will be disinfecting all tools, self and vehicles after each inspection and may even wear gloves and masks on sight. This will help ensure we minimize the spread of this disease as much as possible.

In addition, our staff is fully available as if we never shut down, via phone or website to answer any questions that come up once reviewing the inspection report. The inspection is often an educational session, we must not lose sight of this. To make things as efficient and safe as possible, our inspection agreement and payment can be made electronically, via the confirmation email that went out upon booking.

We wish to remind our clients that we have a full service team supporting all your needs and it is the strength of our team that will allow us to continue to maintain our high service levels in the months ahead.

In fact, The BrickKicker isn’t stopping here to service our customers during this difficult time. We have expanded our availability and will assist with pricing concerns as they arise in order to keep services going. 

Despite taking all precautions, we strongly recommend our clients to contact us in regards to changing inspection dates in the short term, and to provide us with any questions they have up front so that we can ensure all gets answered by the time the report is delivered.

Finally, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or call with any requests or questions you may have.

Thank you,


Andrew Fox