Air Tight: 6 Tips for an Energy Efficient Home Plan

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Air Tight: 6 Tips for an Energy Efficient Home Plan

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With temperatures getting more extreme each and every year, our homes are using more energy to keep us at an ideal temperature indoors. Unfortunately, that usually means that we are using up more and more energy every year without even knowing it until you check your electricity bill.

Developing an energy efficient home plan has many upsides. For one, you will be helping the environment by cutting down your wastes and energy usages. You will also be adding a few dollars back to your wallet each month, which will start making a huge difference in your yearly expenses.

If you’re wondering which changes would be perfect for your home, you may want to consider getting an energy audit to pinpoint the problem areas of your home. Read on to find out some strategies you can use to improve your energy efficiency.

1. Lower That Thermostat!

One of the easiest ways to contribute to your energy efficient home plan is to simply lower the temperature of your thermostat in the cold. By reducing the heating necessities of your home, you will strain your heating system significantly less and will save a significant of money every winter.

In fact, lowering your thermostat by just 10 degrees can reduce your costs by about 15% every year. All this while contributing to a more green way of living, and you only need to put on a sweater inside when you’re inside to combat the impacts of lowering the temperature in your home.

There are also many surprising benefits to lowering your thermostat including weight loss and getting better sleep at night. With so many benefits to it, lowering your thermostat may be the easiest, most effective change you can make to your new energy efficient home.

2. Turn Off Unnecessary Water

The demand for water is expected to grow by 25% from 2007 to 2025. That means that our lakes, rivers, and aquifers will be pushed to their limits, and that also means that Americans’ water bills will soon be going through the roof.

In order to combat the water-wasting trend, there are some simple changes you can make. By turning off the water when you don’t need it, such as while brushing your teeth or washing the dishes, you can save a significant amount of water.

Water-saving methods may also decrease your electricity costs, as you will not be using as much electricity to heat up your water before you use it. In order to truly have an energy efficient home plan, saving water must be a priority for you and your family.

3. Unplug Your Chargers

Vampires may be scary because they suck up your blood, but energy vampires are wasting energy and surging your electric bill. Energy vampires are cell phone and battery chargers that are unused but stay plugged in, and we all have one lying around the house somewhere.

If you think that unplugging a few chargers won’t make a difference, I have some news for you. Energy.gov has estimated that each charger uses us .26 watts of energy when not in use. Ultimately, all the energy vampires in your home may be contributing to as much as 10% of your home’s electric bill.

Other forms of energy vampires are toasters, DVD players, and gaming consoles that stay plugged in when not in use. You can already picture how many of these appliances there are in your home. While unplugging your TV or refrigerator may not be advisable, turning off these other appliances will make a huge difference.

4. Add Insulation to Your Attic and Walls

Adding insulation to your home, especially if it is an older one, may be an expensive project but it will pay for itself in no time. Insulation will help seal air leaks and improve your heating and cooling costs.

By choosing the right insulation material and getting an energy audit done, you can reduce the costs of insulation significantly. This will lead to a warmer home in the winter and a cooler home in the summer, all while reducing your energy costs and contributing to your energy efficient home plan.

While insulation may be a large investment for many families, they will create the biggest differences in your home.

5. Installing Solar Panels

Another big project that will serve as a long-term investment is the installation of solar panels. Solar energy is the way of the future and it’s never too early to jump on the wave that will rock our nation in a few years.

Solar panels are a much cheaper energy alternative, and installing them can reduce your fossil fuel usage and may even qualify you for some tax benefits. Installing solar panels has become much easier and cheaper over time, so you won’t be the only one jumping at this opportunity.

While you may not want your entire home to rely on solar energy, adding panels can help reduce your electricity cost and contribute to your home’s energy system.

6. Buy Energy Star Products

In order to make sure that appliances like your refrigerator, TV, stoves, and A/C meet the optimum energy efficiency as determined by the EPA, you may want to buy Energy Star certified products. Energy Star certified products are becoming increasingly common, and help consumers significantly.

Energy Star products reduce your energy costs by anywhere between 10-50%. While these may come with a cost, you should remember that in the long run, you will be saving money while not sacrificing performance with these appliances.

Your Energy Efficient Home Plan

Every home is different, and the best energy efficiency strategies that your home can take may not be the same as your neighbors’ home. Finding the perfect plan for you and acting on it is key if you want to reduce your spending and help the environment.

Make sure to contact us if you want to take the next step in making your home more energy efficient. From energy audits to HVAC maintenance, we’re here to provide the services that you need! The environment, and your wallet, will thank you in the long run.