As time has gone on, we’ve all realised the importance of making our homes energy efficient. Not only do we help the environment, but we also save money, help our HVAC to live longer (because it doesn’t have to work as hard), and more. With this in mind, here are some methods to make your home more energy-efficient.
Insulate The Attic
This has been an energy-saving tip for many years, and it is still relevant today. While many see insulation as a cost, it’s actually an investment because it pays for itself over time. With insulation, the ability of your home to hold heat improves. Now, in the colder months, the heating doesn’t need to stay on for long periods because it isn’t escaping through the attic and roof. With this, you aren’t spending as much on energy bills and you recuperate the cost of the insulation
Invest In An Energy Audit
Next up, general tips are good, but a better solution is to perform an energy audit and assess the energy efficiency of your own home. Through a local service, order an energy audit and they will evaluate every part of your home. They will review what is working well, what isn’t working well, and what you can do to improve energy efficiency moving forward.
If you choose this tip, make sure you select a professional energy auditor. With the right training and certifications, they will find inefficiencies and spot opportunities for improvement. You don’t have to do everything at once, but it provides guidance for the coming years.
Energy Efficiency Glass
With energy prices only increasing, now could also be the time to spend on new energy efficient glass. If you haven’t seen these products before, they have molecular differences to traditional windows. With those found at Ultimate Windows, for example, light energy and heat pass through the glass differently. As well as a special coating to reflect heat energy, these windows can also contain gas to diffuse excess heat energy.
Change Your Habits
In many cases, it’s the people inside a home that cause issues for energy efficiency. If you want to save some money this year, we recommend getting into the following habits:
- Turn down the thermostat (even one or two degrees can make a difference to your energy bills!)
- Use a lower temperature on the washing machine
- Turn appliances off rather than leaving them on standby
- Wait for a full load with the washing machine rather than doing lots of half loads
- Use water more effectively by turning the tap while brushing teeth or showering rather than taking a bath
- Check the sealing on all windows and doors
- Always buy Energy Star products
Maintain Your HVAC System
The air conditioning and heating systems perform a pivotal service through the year, but sometimes they don’t get the care they deserve. With simple maintenance each year, professionals can help the system to run at optimal efficiency. The system is clean, there’s no wasted energy, and your home becomes more energy efficient. In fact, you save money in the long-term too because the system should last longer.
Replace Outdated Items
Finally, many homes still hold outdated products that can lead to energy inefficiencies. For example, this includes incandescent bulbs and your desktop computer. With the former, both LED and CFL lights use energy more efficiently while also lasting much longer than incandescent products. With the number of bulbs in your home, it won’t be long before your home is saving money. With the latter, a laptop uses up to 80% less electricity than a computer.