As a homeowner, creating an energy saving strategy is important. With global warming becoming more and more of a threat and as monthly energy bills skyrocket, it is the responsibility of everyone to work together to cut down dangerous emissions. Even if you think you are taking all the necessary steps, you could always be going the extra mile. When it comes down to it, going the extra mile may mean making some sacrifices – it may also mean breaking and creating new habits. Just think of energy efficiency as a new way of doing things. The more you make energy conservation a priority in your life, the more successful your efforts will be. Here are some extra steps you can take to conserve more energy at home.
First, you probably want to update your HVAC system. Your heating and air conditioner are one of the biggest wasters of energy. Not only do you want to seal up ductwork and make sure there is enough insulation, you also want to install a new thermostat – a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will allow you to schedule your heating or cooling accordingly, which can save a tremendous amount of energy. You will also want to replace the filter with a new energy efficient filter.
After you update your HVAC system, you want to inspect your home to make sure there is enough insulation. A home without enough insulation will become a serious energy waster. For instance, if you don’t have enough insulation in your attic, you may be dealing with high energy bills. If your attic isn’t properly insulated, hot air is quickly and constantly escaping. During the winter – when there is ice on the roof – the heat from your HVAC system will escape through the roof and melt the ice – this can cause leaks and water damage. So, make sure to replace the insulation in the attic.
Next, you want to make sure there aren’t any major leaks in your windows, doors or foundation walls. You can usually feel for leaks using your hand – simply hover your hands over the foundation wall or window casements. If you feel any energy leaks, you can take measures to seal them up. In your basement, you can use a cement injection to seal up the leak. In your windows, you can re-caulk or use some kind of special proxy sealant. After you detect the leaks and then cover them up, you should notice much lower monthly energy bills.
Lastly, you may want to create a policy in your home to unplug any electronics that aren’t being used. You also want to make sure that lights get turned off. Simply leaving a light on can cause you to waste a lot of energy. So, you may want to place a few signs around your home, especially if you have kids who struggle with remembering to turn off lights. In the end, creating your own energy savings strategy may be the best way to conserve energy and save money – especially if you want to create a long-term solution that will ensure major energy savings inside your home.