In our day and age, we are lucky to have all the technology and innovation. It all made our lives easier. But at the same time, it’s also important to live green. However, making your home more energy efficient will not only help the environment, but it will also really help your wallet. Reducing unnecessary energy consumption, you will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Even just a small change can make a difference. So here’s 10 ways you can make your home more efficient.
Lower Your Thermostat
Try to keep the thermostat setting at a comfortable temperature. By changing it up all the time, you’re using more energy. Also, it’s best to have a programmable thermostat, so you can program to turn off while you’ll be away from home but to turn back on and warm up the house before you come back.
Use Your Appliances Efficiently
Read the manual for the appliance to understand proper operating method. Even the most energy efficient appliance if operated inefficiently, will be using more energy. So don’t overuse your space heater in winter months or just use it to heat the room you’re in. Make sure that your water or water softener are running efficiently. Turn off other appliances when their use is not necessary. Your refrigerator in the kitchen is the only appliance that’s always on. Check if it has an energy efficient setting. Most modern refrigerators have it.
Insulate Your Home
With poor insulation, the house will be loosing a lot of its heat and so your heater would have to work at a higher output. So make sure that your house has proper insulation. Start with air sealing the attic as that is where most of the air escapes through.
Then, make sure that the doors and windows are well sealed. Consider also replacing your windows. Double panel windows with vinyl frames are great at keeping the heat in and the cold out. Also, you can tint your windows. If you think that it would look unattractive on the front of the house, you can do it just to the back of the house. Tinted windows are really good at keeping out both unwanted heat and cold.
Replace Your Appliances
Inefficient appliances can be using a lot of energy. It could be that it’s an old appliance or some parts of it need fixing. If you want to replace your old appliance with a new one, look for products that are Energy Star Certified.
Consider Getting Solar Panels
Solar panels aren’t exactly cheap but they make a great investment. They are typically installed on the roof and they allow you to heat water and produce electricity for your home. So you’ll be able to save money on your electricity bills and you will promote lower fossil fuel usage.
Plant Shady Landscaping Around Your House
Having natural shading for your home, will protect it from the intense heat during hot summer days, as well as from the chilly winds during cold winter days. To protect the house from the intense sun, plant the tree on the side that gets the biggest exposure. Usually, it’s the western side of the house.
Use Warm Water
Turn your water heater down to a warm setting. It can be somewhere in the range of 120 to 130 degrees F. The water doesn’t need to be hotter than this. You can also install a tankless water heater that heats the water when necessary. So you save energy on unnecessary operation.
Switch to Fluorescent Light
Fluorescent bulbs have a higher initial cost but they are more energy efficient and have a longer lasting life. They can last up to 8-12 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. So in the long run, getting fluorescent bulbs will give you considerable savings.
Perform an Energy Efficiency Audit
Schedule an energy auditor, so they can evaluate the inefficiencies of your home and recommend you the most effective measures. This way, you can get professional input on which parts of the house need your immediate attention.
Replace Your Desktop Computer
It’s recommended that you replace your computer every 4 years. So next time you’ll need to replace your desktop computer, consider getting a laptop. They use up to 80% less electricity. The maximum energy draw of the desktop computers is almost triple that of the laptops. The price tag for laptops is higher but you also get a gneener product.
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to make your home more energy efficient. You can do at least one or two of these points, and you’ll already be making a difference.