It is winter time, and that means that we are all using more energy to heat our homes. Though your energy usage is bound to increase a bit when the temperatures outside hit extreme highs and lows, there are ways around spending hundreds a month on an energy bill.
Not only will being more energy efficient save your household money, you will reduce your carbon footprint on the planet. Take this opportunity to read through a few of the most noteworthy ways to make your home more energy efficient.
Make your heating and air more efficient
Technology has gifted homeowners several new and creative ways to heat and cool their homes. Depending on the amount of money you have to spend on upgrades in your home, there are options for all levels of improvement.
One energy efficient way to heat your home in the chill of winter is by installing or building your home equipped with hydronic underfloor heating. Use the natural movement of heat to evenly warm every inch of your home with less than half the energy consumed by conventional HVAC units.
Save water whenever possible
Using less water is better for the planet and for your wallet. There are many ways to save water consumption around the house, and most of them cost less than $50 to incorporate.
Do a little research on these suggestions for saving water in your home.
- Install low-flow faucets and showerheads.
- Install a water-saving toilet.
- Turn the water off while brushing your teeth.
- Do not run the dishwasher until it is full.
- Install a rain barrel to catch rainwater.
Upgrade your appliances to Energy Star
Upgrade your washer and dryer to Energy Star, energy efficient machine models. Go through your kitchen, as well, and set a goal of having all Energy Star, energy efficient appliances. This is not one of the more inexpensive options for energy saving, but it is one of the most influential.
Check your windows and doors for air leaks
One of the best ways to waste energy in your home is to allow those old windows and doors to keep leaking. If your windows are not sealed properly, your heat or air will slowly escape, causing your home’s HVAC system to work harder to efficiently heat or cool your home.
Replace light bulbs and unplug idle electronics
If you have not exchanged all of your old-school light bulbs for energy-efficient bulbs, then get it done. People have been on that particular bandwagon for years, and you are simply being left behind. It does not cost very much to change out your light bulbs.
Also, unplug your idle electronics. Most people do not understand that, even if your computer (for instance) is turned off, it is still pulling energy from the outlet in which it is plugged. If the device is turned off, unplug it.