In this money-conscious age, there is really no reason for misusing energy at home. You can reduce your use of energy resources by taking small, easy, and effective steps.
There are lots of things you can change to improve the energy efficiency of your homes. Here are few necessary tips that you can do and make your home energy efficient:
Restore your light bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs may give you abright homely glow, but only 5% of their energy consumption is actually turned into light whereas only 5% is wasted as heat and 95% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light.LEDs are highly energy efficient and devour up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs.
Swap your incandescent with LED bulbs which can save up to $100 on energy costs every year.
Unplug energy vampires
Are you familiar with the fact that leaving your electronic devices like cell phone, laptop, stereo, TV, and game console plugged in even after it’s fully charged, can draw unwanted energy?
Get in a habit of discharge all your electronic devices once it’s fully charged. It’s also recommended to plug your non-battery-powered electronics into extension block when not in use.
Upgrade your windows
If your windows are leaky and old then it’s time to replace them with an energy efficient solutions or to increase their efficiency by putting weather stripping. It is a comparatively inexpensive solution to hold on your home’s internal temperature.
Install an automatic thermostat
You can save your annual cooling and heating costs by decreasing your thermostat from its normal setting to 7 or 10 degrees Fahrenheit. If you stay in very cold or hot climates, it’s recommended to install an automated thermostat which helps in cutting down the use of energy.
You can also prefer higher-end smart thermostats, such as Ecobee or Nest which automatically turn off the systems when you went outside.
Air seal your attic and basement
If you want to make the more considerable investment then use air sealing or try insulating the bottom and the top of your building. The department of energy has recommended a variety of DIY weatherization techniques, such as how to cover attic stairs, and how to air seal leaks with caulk.
Get an energy audit for more expert advice
Energy raters and auditors use professional skills and tools to evaluate your home and recommend cost-effective measures to improve its efficiency and comfort and suggest the best sequence for doing them to take advantage of interactions.
An energy efficient building can maintain moderate temperatures, increases air quality, and low humidity. It also uses low energy and produces fewer greenhouse gasses. There are other benefits of energy efficient building which includes:
- Improving your indoor comfort
- Give you healthy, clean and fresh air to breathe
- Decrease moisture problem
- Increases the value of your building for resale, and much more.