As a homeowner, one of your biggest expenses is often your utilities. Electricity, gas and other energy sources used to heat and cool your home can become very costly as well as wasteful. energy waste is harmful for the environment and your wallet! Instead of overpaying and making decisions that are not eco-friendly, take matters into your own hands. Here are 5 simple and effective energy-saving home fixes all homeowners can take advantage of.
- Use energy efficient light bulbs throughout your home. Traditional light bulbs are used in most homes, however better options are available! Energy efficient bulbs were designed to emit the same amount of light as regular bulbs, but they only use a fraction of the energy to power your home’s lights. These bulbs are more expensive to buy up front but they will save you a considerable amount on your energy bills each month and they last a lot longer, meaning you will be able to change out bulbs less frequently saving you time as well!
- Close window blinds and curtains during the day. Often the heat of the sun can increase the temperature of your home drastically, especially in the hot summer months. This means you cooling system will have to work that much harder and use more energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This reduces the longevity of your HVAC system and costs you unnecessary money on your monthly energy bills. In addition, wasting energy is harmful to the environment and your carbon footprint.
- Seal up windows and doors to reduce drafts. As the weather changes, materials in your home expand and contract. This influences your windows and doors especially, causing them to develop holes, gaps and cracks which allow outside air into your home. This outdoor air impacts the temperature in your home, causing your HVAC system to work extra hard to maintain a comfortable temperature. This overuse reduces the longevity of your system while also wasting unnecessary energy. Seal up these cracks quickly and easily using an indoor caulk. Caulk can be purchased at your local hardware store. Apply a liberal amount to the edges of your windows and doors. Then wipe clean with a towel, and you’re done!
- Make sure your home is properly insulated. Many homes do not have the insulation needed to properly maintain a comfortable indoor temperate while increasing energy efficiency of your house. Check out areas like your attic and basement especially to make sure insulation is adequate. If needed, add additional layers or have a professional come in to assess your insulation needs.
- Utilize ceiling fans. Often we underestimate how much ceiling fans can make a difference in your home. Using fans can help keep the temperature stable, reducing the need for energy to heat or cool the home. Fans circulate air, improving air quality, temperature control and evenness while also preventing stale, stagnant air.
If you are concerned about your home’s energy efficiency, be sure to implement these energy-saving tips to see immediate improvements. Switching to energy-efficient bulbs, insulation, caulking and more can save you lots of money and help you make sustainable choices.