Whether you’re looking to save money, concerned about the environment or simply want your home to be as comfortable for your family as it can possibly be, it makes sense to do whatever you can to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Doing so will lower bills, cut consumption and ensure that your home is always in as comfortable a state as it can possibly be.
Okay, so how exactly do you improve your home’s efficiency?
Improving Your Home's Efficiency
Before you do anything else, take the time to inspect your home looking for potential causes of energy leak including holes in the roof, leaking pipes, cracks in the drywall and windows with loose seals. Then, call in the roofer, plumber or air conditioning repair and have them sort it out or, if you’re a capable DIYer you may be able to do it yourself. There’s no point doing anything else if the structure of your home itself needs work carried out.
Lower The Thermostat
Lowering your thermostat by just a few degrees is something that you will quickly get used to and which will become barely noticeable to you, but it will help you to save money on your heating bills and use less energy which is great for the planet.
Switch to Low-Flow Shower Heads
Low-flow showerheads are great for improving water efficiency. They have an output of just 2-5 gallons per minute or lower, which is half the amount of a standard showerhead, and you won’t notice the difference.
Consider Installing Solar Panels
Solar panels are certainly not cheap, so they are an investment to consider if you can afford them, but if you’re serious about making your home energy-efficient, harnessing the sun’s power is definitely something you should look into. In fact, if you live in a sunny location, you could end up not only cutting the cost of your energy bills but actually making money by selling the energy you generate back to the grid.
Hang Heavy Curtains
If you’re looking for a low-cost way to cut down your heating bills, consider having heavy curtains in all of your windows. When closed, they will provide insulation and keep more heat in your home, instead of it seeping out and being wasted.
Ditch Incandescent Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs use far more energy and need to be replaced far more often than modern CFLs and LEDs. Making the switch won’t cost you much, will save you money, and won’t make your home any dimmer because they are capable of putting out just as much light.
Add Attic Insulation
Putting insulation in your attic is one of the best things you can do to conserve energy and keep your home at the optimum temperature. On average, it costs just $1,354 to insulate your roof space, and this will pay for itself in terms of lower energy bills, in no time at all.
You don’t have to do all of these things at once, and of course, they are not the only measures you can take, but anything you can do to prove your home’s efficiency is worthwhile and will pay off in so many ways.