There have been many changes in the homes of recent years that have increased the amount of energy spent, and others that have worked to once again decrease our carbon footprint while still reaping the benefits that can come from these advanced technologies. We have put together a list of 5 improvements you can make to increase the energy efficiency of your home.
A great deal of energy is lost due to the lack of insulation in your home. Make sure that your house is insulated in the ceilings, walls, and the attic. In addition to these, check the weather stripping on your doors and windows to ensure no air is escaping through them. By doing so, your furnace and air conditioner will be more effective, keeping the heat and cool air they generate within the walls of your home. This insulation will increase the efficiency of your home, reducing your monthly costs.
Heating and Air
In addition to the insulation that is needed, you can make your appliances much more efficient with routine maintenance. During the beginning of the fall, get your furnace serviced and do the same for the A/C unit when early spring comes around. Having a professional come out and assess each of these before their use the next season, you will prevent greater problems from arising. This will also help protect the longevity of your appliances, ensuring they will continue to work for years to come.
Replace the Refrigerator
If you have been using the same fridge for years or even decades, there’s a good chance it’s driving up a good portion of your monthly energy bill. There have been huge improvements in energy efficiency when it comes to your prized refrigerator that shouldn’t be overlooked. Refrigerators that are 10 years or older will be 20 to 40 percent less efficient than a model being produced today. The initial cost of a new fridge will be well worth it when you see your energy bills come in!
Be Smart With Appliances
It is critical to be smart when dealing with each of your appliances. Unplug and turn off those items that you are no longer using, or unplug when you leave a room. Forming good habits will help lower your energy bill and protect your home from unnecessary energy usage. Be smart when it comes to the energy consumption of your home. By making certain changes now, you can save on your monthly bills, as well as reduce your carbon footprint.
By upgrading your appliances, insulation, or even to a new home you will see vast changes in your energy costs. When it comes to energy efficiency the costs up front may seem high but the payoff is well worth it, not to mention you are helping the environment. Did we mention that by upgrading to energy efficient appliances you can save money on your taxes? Make the switch to a brighter future today.
By making improvements around your home you could lower your monthly bills, increase the comfort of your home, and your carbon footprint. Looking for a BIG energy efficiency tip? Consider purchasing a new home. Visionary Homes are built with energy efficiency in mind to last you for years to come. Interested in more tips or want to learn more about our home options? Please call (435) 265-3853 or fill out the form below.