Increasing numbers of homeowners today are looking for ways to increase the energy-efficiency of their houses. In addition to being kinder to the environment, smart energy use can save you money as well. Here are five ways to help your home use energy more wisely.
Use your current appliances carefully. If possible, turn your refrigerator settings up. Unplug countertop appliances when they are not being used. When replacing old appliances, look for energy-efficient models.
A well-insulated home helps you stay comfortable year-round while using less energy. You need high-quality insulation, and must be correctly installed. Look for energy efficient spray foam solutions to help you save energy and money.
Your windows may need to be replaced or upgraded. If your old windows leak, and especially if they are single-glazed, replacing them with new, well-designed windows can save you cash, according to EnergyStar.gov. Installing windows rated by Energy Star may not be as expensive as you think. You get long-term cost savings, not to mention attractive new windows that raise your home’s aesthetic, a big consideration if you want to sell.
4. Water Heater
Reduce your water heater’s setting to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and insulate your hot water pipes to keep them warm between uses. You will save money without sacrificing the comfort of hot water.
If you live in an older home with thin insulation and aging windows, you can save energy with intelligent landscaping. Plant deciduous trees (they lose their leaves in winter) around your house, especially on the west side. In summer, these trees will block the sun’s heat from infrared light and help keep your house cooler, and in winter, their bare branches will let that same light through so that you can benefit from natural heating.
With a few simple steps, you can help your home use energy more wisely. This initiative is not just eco-friendly, but it is also good for your budget. Small changes can yield big results.