More and more people are looking for energy efficiency when they buy a home, and current homeowners are often upgrading their houses to be as energy efficient as possible. If you’re one of those people, take a look at some of these tricks.
Insulate your home
When you go inside during the cold months, you expect your home to be warm, and vice versa in the hot months. If your home is not properly insulated, it can’t keep your comfortable. Your appliances have to work a lot hard to regulate the temperature inside, which only costs you more money. Spray foam insulation can cut your monthly heating and cooling costs by up to 60%, which makes it an excellent option to consider.
Use LED lighting
At night, and even sometimes during the day, you have your lights on so you can see. There are lamps all over the house, outdoor lights to illuminate your driveway, and even a light in the refrigerator so you can have a midnight snack. Replacing your bulbs with LED lights can save you up to 80% on your lighting costs because LEDs use less power and last much longer. By 2019, it’s estimated that LED lights will achieve a 53% penetration of the global lighting market, and it’s easy to see why.
Get new windows
Your windows allow natural light to come in, as well as the nice summer breeze when you open them up. You probably don’t want them letting in the air when they’re shut though. Drafty windows can increase your energy bills significantly. Dual-paned windows, though, are roughly two times as effective at retaining heat and air conditioning compared to single-paned ones. Upgrade your windows, and you’ll notice a difference in your comfort levels and your bills.
Upgrade to Energy Star Appliances
Even if you try to use your appliances in the smartest ways possible to save on energy bills, old appliances can hinder that process. If you upgrade to newer, Energy Star appliances, you can start saving money almost instantly. For example, more than one-quarter of American homes, use a septic system, and an old system can suck a lot of energy. You can replace your sump pump, washer, dryer, dishwasher, water heater, you name it.
Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat is one that you can set to automatically adjust the temperature in your home on a schedule. If you don’t already manually adjust your thermostat during the day, one that you program yourself can save you as much as 15% on heating and cooling costs
Turn down your water heater
You use hot water for a lot of things, including showering, cooking, washing dishes, and more. Heating your water can account for 14% to 25% of the energy you consume at home. Turning the temperature down on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit can save a lot of energy. It can also stop you from accidentally burning yourself in the shower when the water gets too hot.
Use smart power strips
Even when you have something turned off, like a coffee maker on the kitchen counter, it’s still using energy when it’s plugged in. That’s referred to as a “phantom load.” It’s estimated that 75% of the energy used by household electronics is consumed when they are switched off. Smart power strips eliminate this problem because they shut off the power to electronics when you aren’t using them. These advanced power strips can save you up to $200 every year.
Use your appliances wisely
Even if you have energy efficient appliances, there are still ways you can use them to maximize their energy-saving potential. Experts suggest things like washing your clothes in cold water to save you $115 every year. You can also run your dryer at night in the summer because it’s cooler at night and not adding to the already hot atmosphere during the day.
Try some of these tricks to help you save money and be as energy efficient as possible. What’s even better is that when you use less energy, you’re helping out the environment too!