5 Useful Tips for Home Energy Efficiency

Posted by Jennifer G. on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

tips-for-home-energy-efficiency-warm-house-scarfLeaving a light on while you're at work or keeping your thermostat cranked, no big deal right? Wrong! Energy efficiency tips for your home are designed to make sure your house has a comfortable temperature and adequate lighting, all while lowering your energy bills. So what changes can you make to your home to make it more energy efficient and environmentally friendly?

Proper Insulation

One of the very first things we would recommend you do is ensure your home has been properly insulated and sealed. Floors, ceilings, doors, outer walls and windows are all prime spots that can allow too much air to either enter or leave your home. This unwanted airflow can lead to your home’s HVAC system working harder than it has to, which means you’re paying more for your heating and cooling bills. Allow an insulation professional to examine the insulation and sealing in your home to see if there are any problem areas that should be addressed. 

Switch to Energy Efficient Windows 

Energy efficient tips for your home also include installing energy efficient windows. If your windows are old or not very efficient, they can allow cold air to seep into your home in the winter and allow warm air generated by your heater to escape. During the summer, those inefficient windows can force your air conditioner to work harder to cool the hot air created by the sun pouring through your windows. Some do it yourself at home tips include heavier drapes and curtains to help keep warm air from escaping. 

Cool and Heat Your Home the Right Way 

We also recommend homeowners have their heating and cooling system inspected and serviced every year to make sure it’s performing at its absolute best. A great way to improve your temperature usage is a programmable thermostat. You can set the times to heat or cool your home according to your schedule, reduce or turn off the unit while you're away and this will ultimately help keep your energy bills optimal according to your family's needs. 

Another at home tip? Keep your blinds open during the day when there's sun out to heat your home, it's also a great way to keep the lights off in the house when natural sun will do the trick. 

tips-for-home-energy-efficiency-opening-windowImprove Your Home’s Air Quality

It’s a good idea to focus on your home’s air quality as a way to save money. Allowing fresh air to flow inside of your home is an inexpensive and energy efficient method of cooling down, all while improving your indoor air quality. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, improving your home’s indoor air will help as there's less impurities for you to breathe in. 

Besides opening your windows, you can also use your ceiling fan to cool down or heat up your home. Ceiling fans don’t consume as much energy as your furnace or central air system, and they’re less expensive. 

Energy Star

Something else you can do is switch to Energy Star appliances, light bulbs, electronics, water heaters and office equipment. Energy Star products are uniquely designed to be efficient and save you money on your energy bills. 

The beat part about these tips is that you can put these into use at home at any time. The next time you turn on a light, use an electronic appliance or adjust your thermostat, ask yourself if you’re making efficient use of your home’s energy. 

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