When you increase your home’s energy efficiency, you can save a significant amount on your bills and you can minimize your carbon footprint too. When your property is operating efficiently, you’ll need to use less fuel to produce energy, thus enabling you to benefit from lower bills and less waste.
Choose Effective Insulation
The insulation in your home is going to make a big difference to its energy efficiency, so it’s worth assessing whether your current insulation is effective enough. There have been drastic changes to insulation in the past few years, and newer materials can offer increasingly effective options. As well as installing insulation in your attic, you also need to consider what level of insulation you need in your walls.
With the right type of insulation, you can retain heat in the colder months and keep your house cool in the summer. As a result, you won’t need to run your heating or AC systems for as long, as you won’t need to set temperatures too high either.
Upgrade Your Windows
Replacing your windows is, perhaps, one of the most effective ways of improving your home’s energy efficiency. Old-style windows and frames routinely crack or have gaps between the glass and the frame, which lets air from inside escape and allows external air to find its way into your property. Depending on the current temperatures, this either lets hot air out in the winter or means you’re losing air-conditioned air in the summer.
If you replace your current windows with impact windows, for example, you can improve their performance and their energy efficiency. As impact windows are designed to protect you and your property from extreme weather conditions, they’re also extremely energy efficient. As well as enhancing security and minimizing external noise, impact windows ensure the energy produced isn’t wasted.
Use Low-Flow Fittings
Low-flow fittings minimize the amount of water used when you’re running a tap, taking a shower or flushing a toilet. In doing so, the amount of water you use generally will be dramatically reduced, thus improving your home’s energy efficiency levels. In addition to this, you may want to lower the temperature of your hot water system. In most instances, homeowners never bother to modify the temperature of their water, and it’s often set far too high. By lowering the temperature, you can help to reduce the risk of burns and scalds and reduce the amount of energy you’re using too.
If you’re still using older-style incandescent lightbulbs, switching them out for compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) can be cheaper and more energy-efficient. Using far less power and lasting for approximately 10,000 hours, each CFL bulb can reduce your electricity bill by a considerable amount. Furthermore, when you’re using CFL bulbs, you only need around 27 watts to match the output of a 100-watt incandescent bulb, so you can reduce your energy usage by a considerable amount too.
With short and long-term savings to be made, making your home more energy efficient can have a beneficial impact on your finances, as well as the environment.