Are you looking for ways to save energy around the home? Investing in energy efficient appliances and practices can will reduce your energy cost/consumption. We put together a list of energy improvements you can make around the home. Do you have any energy efficient tips to add? Comment below!
Insulation – Install proper insulation to achieve an energy efficient home. Insulating your water heater will help you greatly reduce energy costs throughout the year and reduce harmful CO2 emissions. Seal any leaky cracks in your air-ducts or ventilation systems to prevent a loss of heat and cool air. Next, update the insulation in your attic. This will help prevent ice dams in the winter and keep your home cool in the summer.
Windows and Doors – The sealant around your windows and doors acts a lot like insulation, preventing warm and cool air from escaping your home. Check for any leaks or cracks that need repair. Consider replacing your windows with energy efficient glass. This will helps you save on energy costs and prevent harmful UV rays from entering your home.
Lighting and Electricity – Replace any regular or old light bulbs with energy efficient halogen incandescents, CFLs, or LEDs. Consider upgrading or installing ceiling fans to help circulate air-flow throughout your home. Install a programmable thermostat to help you monitor and regulate heating/air-conditioning usage in your house.
Plumbing – Consider installing low-flow shower heads and toilets to minimize your water usage. Even cutting down shower time will help save you on your water costs. Inspect all pipes throughout your home. Repair any leaks or cracks. This includes repairing any leaky faucets.
Update Appliances – Upgrade your home appliances. Look for newer energy saving appliances. After using smaller appliances (toaster or computer), unplug them when you’re finished. Idling appliances can greatly affect your home energy costs.