Energy efficiency is important to us all these days. Not only do we want to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint, but we also want to reduce our bills. The government estimates that 10-20% of the money we spend on energy goes to waste each year!
What are some simple energy-efficient tips that can bring down our monthly bills? And what are some more major projects to consider for conserving energy?
Read on for 6 simple tips on how to have an energy-efficient home.
Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Let’s start with a simple fix that doesn’t cost a lot of money – changing out our old light bulbs for new ones. In fact, in the long run, this doesn’t cost us any more.
Energy-efficient lightbulbs last way longer. That alone makes them much more environmentally friendly than incandescent bulbs. They also waste much less energy through heat.
Seal Up Drafts In Your Home
Here’s a simple one that only needs a few hours and a gun of caulk. Systematically go through your house and look for areas where air can get in or out.
Are there gaps around your windows? Is there a gap beneath the front or back door that wind howls through? There are plenty of products on the market to fill those gaps.
You’ll soon find you can set the thermostat lower in winter and higher in summer, leaving you laughing all the way to the bank.
Install a Mini-Split System
Looking at your home’s HVAC system design can pay off. Older systems are often not very environmentally friendly.
If you decide to overhaul the whole system, choose a new model with a high Energy Star rating. Mini-split systems that allow separate zones are also more energy-efficient. You do not cool rooms you are not currently using.
These mini-split systems allow you to connect as many as four indoor air handling units to a single outdoor unit. A mini-split installation can be more environmentally friendly for many homes out there.
Choose More Energy Efficient Appliances
Creating a more energy-efficient home isn’t just about making structural changes. Simply switching out older, energy-guzzling appliances for newer ones can make a difference.
Check the Energy Star rating carefully. Not all new appliances are equally energy efficient. Also, consider a different style of the washing machine.
Front-loaders are better at spinning water out of clothes. Dryer clothes mean less work for the dryer. It’s an easy way of caring for the environment.
Get New Windows
Depending on the style and age of your house, your windows may be providing poor insulation.
Double-glazed windows have two sheets of glass with an insulating space filled with gas between. They are not cheap, but they will create a more energy-efficient home and reduce your bills.
Creating an Energy-Efficient Home
These 6 tips for making a more energy-efficient home are just the start! There are lots of projects, both small and big, that can make a huge difference. Not only will you be caring for the environment, but you’ll also save money on your energy bills.
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