Saving money on utility bills is something that every homeowner can get behind. But many don’t have the time or inclination to research the topic of how to achieve home energy savings. Sure you know you should turn off the lights when you leave the house, but sometimes you forget. And you probably realize that your home has drafts and insulation issues that are jacking up the costs for heating and cooling your home, but you might assume that correcting the situation will cost more than simply letting it go.
However, you should know that there are dozens of ways you can lower your energy bill and make your home more comfortable, with varying levels of commitment in terms of time and expense. Here are just a few essential ways to achieve the home energy savings you crave and get back any money you spend to make your home more energy efficient.
- Conduct an energy audit. There’s no real payoff for a home energy audit unless you act on the recommendations you receive. But when you have a professional auditor inspect your home and run tests, the result of your assessment will be a comprehensive listing of energy problems affecting your structure. This can tell you exactly where you need to add insulation and seal leaks in order to make your home as energy efficient as possible.
- Make your home airtight. When the air you pay for is escaping into the outside world and the exterior air is coming in, you’ll not only have chilly spots in the winter and hot spots in the summer, but you might as well be flushing your money for heating and cooling down the drain. The obvious solution is to make your home airtight with the addition of weather stripping, sealant, and insulation. Just don’t forget proper ventilation. If you make your home airtight you’ll certainly stop drafts and make it easier and less expensive to regulate your interior temperature. But without proper ventilation you could experience issues like humidity and mold growth, as well as dangerous levels of harmful pollutants like allergens, bacteria, radon, and deadly CO gas. People tend to forget the V in HVAC, but ventilation is essential to safe and healthy interior air.
- Get smart. Smart home technologies can help you to monitor and even adjust electrical usage in your home. When you have sensors feeding you data about your energy usage you can make a plan to reduce consumption. And mobile apps that allow you to remotely adjust your thermostat, arm your home alarm, and turn off lights and electronics can definitely help you to better control your electrical draw.
- Upgrade appliances. If you have yet to replace outdated, energy-guzzling light bulbs and appliances with Energy Star approved products, it’s high time for upgrades that will lower your energy bill and cut your carbon footprint.
- Practice conservation. You can start conserving energy simply enough by turning off lights when you leave a room and unplugging electronics when they’re not in use. And believe it or not, even taking the smallest steps to get your home more energy efficient can add up over time. But if you want to see more significant savings on your electric bill, the solution may be to consider alternative and sustainable energy sources like solar, wind, water, and geothermal. You’re no doubt aware of the fact that installing the equipment needed to harness these energy sources comes with a high initial cost. But think about the fact that you’ll save thousands of dollars annually on your utility bills, and you’ll realize that these products will pay for themselves and then some over years of usage. And you can do your part for the environment in the process.