Creating a home that’s energy efficient is a great way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower your utility bills and improve air quality. An energy-efficient house can even boost your home value and be appealing to potential buyers. Read on to learn how to improve your property’s energy performance.
1. Use LED Bulbs
Looking for a simple change? Swapping halogen bulbs for energy-efficient ones, such as LEDs or long-life bulbs, can reduce your domicile’s energy consumption. This is because LEDs use a lot less energy and last about 10 times longer than traditional light bulbs. This means you don’t have to change them often. Best of all, this easy change costs way less than other projects such as installing new energy-efficient appliances. Some of these bulbs can even be paired with virtual assistant technology for convenience.
2. Replace Your HVAC
Updating the HVAC in your home can significantly lower your energy bill. Consider selecting one with an ENERGY STAR rating. Additionally, it should be the appropriate size for your home. Some units even let you control certain zones in your house. While this isn’t an inexpensive update, it can save you money in the long run.
What’s more, replacing HVAC can help improve the indoor air quality in your home. This is because you can use filters that reduce allergens, dust and moisture.
3. Install Solar Panels
Did you know that you can harness the sun’s energy? Installing solar panels on your roof lets you generate power, so you don’t have to purchase as much from energy companies. In some cases, you can even sell excess energy back to your energy supplier.
4. Locate Phantom Power Consumption
Appliances that are plugged into your outlets draw power even when they’re not in use. These are known as “phantom devices,” which drain power over time without you even realizing it. These devices include game consoles, cable boxes, coffee makers, chargers, toasters, hair dryers, TVs and more. Consider unplugging these devices after you’re done using them or when traveling. Alternatively, you can plug them all into one power bar and switch them off easily.
5. Seal Your Ducts
Your home can lose a significant amount of heating and cooling energy from air leaks. This is why a properly insulated and sealed home is essential. Be sure to seal leaks in duct-based ventilation with duct tape to reduce air loss. Leaks can also occur near baseboards, outlets and fireplace dampers. Additionally, you can improve your home’s insulation such as in your attic. Not only can you save money on utilities, but your family can live more comfortably with improved heating and cooling.
6. Upgrade Windows & Doors
Drafty windows and doors can let cool and warm air escape from your home. Upgrading to energy-efficient windows and doors can be a costly improvement, but they are a coveted feature among home buyers. You’ll also reduce the amount of energy that is being wasted. New window and door solutions have airtight seals to prevent drafts.
7. Utilize Celling Fans
Ceiling fans can be an underrated feature. However, they are perfect for making a specific room warmer or cooler, such as a bedroom. This means you don’t have to turn the heat or air conditioning on all the time. Installing a ceiling fan lets you distribute air evenly throughout a space.
From easy swaps to more complex fixes, you can reduce your household’s overall energy usage. You can even get a free energy audit from your utility provider to find out where there’s room for more improvement.
Author bio: Mauricio Jaimes is CEO of Davis Window and Door — a one-stop solution for the perfect replacement, remodeling and new construction of windows and doors.