WASHINGTON, December 30, 2016 – Energy efficiency is great for the environment as well as your wallet. It’s surprising how many small changes you can make to your home in order to improve energy efficiency. Energy efficient homes conserve energy and reduce unnecessary energy consumption.
Even though the initial cost may not be exactly free, the fixes will save money in the long run while helping the environment. Whether you’re making a change in action or making a change within your home you are making important changes for the world that just so happen to make positive changes for your bank account as well. By conserving water, making heating and cooling changes, fixing lighting, and making replacements within the home, you can save money and help save the world.
There are a ton of ways to save water in your home. New low-flow fixtures on your faucets and shower heads are a great and relatively inexpensive way to reduce water usage. Taking more showers and less baths, taking shorter showers, and watering your lawn during appropriate times are all ways to help water consumption just by altering your water habits instead of purchasing new appliances.
However, new appliances don’t have to be expensive fixes – especially when you’re saving money in the long run. A newer dishwasher or a low-flow toilet are the more expensive fixes to make your water consumption more energy efficient, but in the long run it’s a money saver as well as a home investment.
Heating and Cooling Changes
There are many ways to improve the energy efficiency in your home in terms of heating and cooling.
One great way to do that is to improve the insulation in your home to increase your home’s ability to stay warm in the colder months and cooler in the warmer months. By providing better insulation, weather stripping, and other techniques to improve your home’s ability to hold temperature you are not only lowering your own energy costs significantly, you are also lowering unnecessary energy consumption.
Consider utilizing a ceiling fan for cooling throughout the week when you spend most of your time at work anyway, program your thermostat to an acceptable temperature, and make a conscious effort to keep windows and doors closed while heating or cooling your home. This way you aren’t allowing your energy and money to fly out of your windows unused.
Upgrading the lighting in your home is an easy fix. If you replace the normal light bulbs in your home with fluorescent bulbs your bulbs are using 75% less energy and are 10 times stronger than traditional bulbs. Utilizing natural light, installing windows and sky lights, and being more conscience of your light usage are all other ways to improve the lighting in your home.
Take advantage of the long days of summer and allow natural light to flow in your home instead of turning to artificial light and you’ll take advantage of some vitamin D as well as saving money and helping the environment with a simple energy saving home fix.
Replacing certain things in your home can be the most daunting task in making your home energy efficient and saving you money, but making even one big change every few years will help. By installing a smart meter you can track your energy use and make appropriate changes based on your peak usage, by upgrading your thermostat to a programmable thermostat you can make the temperature in your home more accurate, and by purchasing ENERGY STAR appliances you’re getting the most out of your energy use.
Replacing your windows is a great way to save on energy loss through heating and cooling. Planting trees around your property can help with shading your home from heat and blocking your home from wind although this is a much longer investment than an immediate money saving option. An energy auditor is another great option for discovering exactly which fixes are best for you.
For some the idea of making their home energy efficient can seem like a daunting and expensive task, but these home improvements help both the environment and your wallet in the long run. Even if the initial cost is high the cost savings catch up in no time.
Energy efficiency is as much about the small fixes and lifestyle changes as it is about replacing old appliances, as well. Buying a low-flow shower head, replacing a few fluorescent bulbs, and changing your thermostat when you’re not home are super cheap home fixes that won’t break your bank on the way to saving you money.
By conserving water, making heating and cooling changes, fixing lighting, and making replacements within the home you can save money while helping the environment whether the changes you make are big or small.