It’s 2019 and the push for being energy efficient in our daily lives is everywhere. Here are some super simple, super cost-effective things you can do to assure that your home isn’t overusing energy.
- Lightbulbs. An obvious first on the list, but nonetheless, an important one. Purchasing an energy efficient lightbulb uses 75% less energy to light a room as opposed to a traditional incandescent bulb. Plus, they are less of a hazard because they give off less heat. If that’s not enough, they last about 10 times longer than a traditional lightbulb which means a reduction in annual lightbulb spending!
- Appliances. This is a big one—household appliances are a HUGE consumer of energy. Unfortunately, most people are not in a position to swap out all of their functioning non-efficient appliances for ones that are. So, when your dishwasher finally stops working or your washer stops doing its job, look for appliances that are energy efficient and major cost savers.
- Water Heaters. Not the most exciting topic of conversation, but a necessary evil. Today, there are two options in regards to energy efficient water heaters. The first type use less energy when heating the water. The second type are programmable, so the water in the tank is only being heated when necessary. Additionally, tankless heaters are available, which are connected directly to the pipes of your home and heat the water only when a faucet is turned on.
- Insulation. If your home is not properly insulated, you are most likely losing heat in the winter and cool air in the summer, which is not energy efficient at all. Depending on where you reside, there are codes that must be met by homebuilders regarding the type of insulation used in a house. However, you can purchase insulation blinds or curtains to let in/block sun to increase heat or air circulation in your home. Additionally, it is also a good idea to add insulation around duct work to keep heat or cool air from transferring outside.
With this concise list of items to do to improve on energy efficiency of your home, you are equipped with everything you need.
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