Making substantial improvements in energy efficiency will save home owners money in the long run and help him make energy efficient homes. By improving the efficiency of homes we can significantly lower our carbon footprint. The following are a few examples of home improvements that will help increase the value of your home and save you money on utility costs.
o Seal leaky duct work systems to reduce wasting energy. This will also make the home more healthy by eliminating dirty air being pulled into the house.
o Bring your attic insulation up to modern-day standards. Most attics do not have enough insulation and is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
o Ceiling fans help reduce your home’s dependence on air conditioning during the summer months and, in the winter you can use the fan to help push heat down from the ceiling.
o Use a programmable thermostat to reduce your energy costs by regulating the temperature in your home based on peak usage. In other words, your thermostat can keep lower the temperature during hours when the home is not occupied and pump it up while the family is gathered at home.
Many energy efficiency improvements are very cost effective. And you should consider them so that you can live in an energy efficient home. But there are some measures that are completely free and all they require is a slight change of your daily routine. Changing daily habits will provide a dramatic decrease in energy costs and make energy efficient homes a reality. Here are a few examples of energy-saving habits that can make a huge difference.
o Showers require less hot water than baths and taking a shorter shower saves both water and energy. Water-saving showerheads are easy to install and can help save money also.
o Use your washer/dryer, oven, dishwasher and other large appliances in the morning or the evening.
o Do not waste water with small and medium wash loads, rather try to run large wash loads.
o Clear your lint filter with every dryer run. Hang dry your clothes in the summer.
o Turn off all electronic devices when not in use. Look up “phantom loads” for more information.
o During winter months, use window covers or drapes on windows to minimize heat loss.
o Clean your baseboard heaters and radiators and do not block them with furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
o If you are upgrading your appliances you should replace them with more energy efficient models that have the energy Star label.
o Maintenance is important when it comes to making energy efficient homes. Remember to check the filters on your heating and cooling systems monthly and replace them regularly.
o When possible, replace any incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs which are more energy efficient and last longer too!
These are just some of the many measures and changes you can do to make your home more energy efficient.