In the United States, one of the largest consumers of energy are the homes in which we live. Making your home more energy efficient is a “win-win” for you as an individual and for your community alike. Thankfully, increasing your home’s efficiency is relatively easy. Following these 10 top tips for creating a home that is more energy efficient will save you money and cut down on our country’s consumption footprint at the same time.
- Replace HVAC filters regularly: Replace filters every 2 to 3 months. Dirty filters require your system to work hard and use more energy.
- Update your thermostat: A thermostat that is programmable is shown to reduce your yearly energy bill by $100 or more.
- Clean air ducts: Clean air ducts allow improved air flow and reduced stress on your system.
- Seal doors and windows: Remove old window and door caulking and replace with new. Installing door sweeps at the bottom of exterior doors will also keep cold/hot air in and cold/hot air out.
- Install ceiling fans: Ceiling fans with reverse capability keep cool air moving in the summer and force warm air down in the winter.
- Insulate walls and attics: Cool and hot air will escape through wall and attics that are not well insulated. One of the best and most cost effective ways to reduce this problem is with blown-in foam insulation.
- Plant shrubs and shade trees: Leafy trees and evergreens can keep your home shaded and cool in the summer as well as providing a shield and blocking wind in the cold winter months.
- Install ENERGY STAR appliances: When it comes time to replace old or damaged appliances, replace them with ENERGY STAR equipment. These items can save a significant amount on a monthly basis.
- Install insulated windows: Old, thin windows can allow air to escape or unwanted air to penetrate your home. New insulated windows will keep unwanted air and temperatures out, and make it more comfortable indoors. The added benefit is saving on your energy bill.
- Use Compact Fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) instead of Incandescent Bulbs: Lasting three to five times longer, LEDs are mercury free. CFLs use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
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