It’s easy to make your home more energy efficient. Sure, there are ways to make your home more energy efficient that entails a certain amount of expense. Mostly, however, you can make your home more energy efficient in much simpler ways. Here are some of them.
1. Plant trees and shrubs around the house
Trees can effectively block even the harshest rays of the sun during summer and protect your house from heating up too much. Trees and shrubs can also help stifle freezing winds in winter, sparing your house from too much cold. With that much protection, you won’t have to adjust your indoor heating unit constantly, and that can bring in really big energy savings in the end.
2. Regularly change the filters on your air conditioner
Air conditioners run more efficiently and therefore use much less energy when their filters are regularly changed. In addition, air conditioner filters that are regularly changed allows your unit to not work that much, thereby minimizing wear and tear.
3. Install ceiling fans
Ceiling fans are often more effective at keeping any room cool than an air conditioner, especially during the summer. It goes without saying that they have better energy efficiency too. There are some ceiling fans that have reverse switches that push heated air down from the ceiling, making them also quite useful during the winter months.
4. Install more energy efficient lighting
Incandescent bulbs use a lot of electricity. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) do not. Aside from using as much as 75% less energy compared to incandescent bulbs, CFLs can last 10 times longer. LED lights have even better energy afficiency, as they could last three to five times longer than CFLs. Install these types of energy efficient lighting and see hundreds of dollars disappear from your power bills
5. Insulate your home
Heating or cooling your home will require less energy if your house has effective insulation. By effective, we mean properly installed insulation on the walls. Properly installed insulation slows the rate that heat flows into the house during warm summer months and out of the home in the cold of winter.
6. Clean the air ducts
The air ducts that carry hot and cold air into the different areas of the house will run much more smoothly if they are clean. With the improved air flow, the stress that operating has on your central air conditioning system will be significantly reduced.
7. Seal doors and windows
To more effectively retain heat in winter, you will need to make window and door frames airtight by caulking them. Airtight windows and doors will also keep cool air from escaping the house during summer months.
Of course, there are bigger and better ways to make your home more energy efficient, but they require bigger costs as well. Replacing your old windows, your old appliances with ones bearing ENERGY STAR designations and your old heating units with a high energy efficiency system are just some of the other ways to make your home more energy efficient. While they may involve an upfront cost, over the long term they are more likely to save significant dollars with your energy bill.
To assess if your home may benefit from energy savings, we recommend that you engage a professional electrician that can carry out an energy efficiency review. This will help pinpoint appliances and areas in your home that are wasting energy and costing you more money. At the same time, they will also be in a position to help you with solutions to save money on your electricity bills going forward.