As homeowners, we live in a wonderful era where we have control of nearly every aspect of our lives. From how early we wake to how our home uses electricity. In fact, how energy efficient our homes determine how much we actually pay in utilities. For most, the cost of utilities continues to climb every single month. This is disheartening. So how does one reduce the cost of utilities? The first step is to install the POWERHOUSE 3.0 solar shingles on your roof. The second step is to read through this blog post of the 15 ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
15 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Your home’s energy efficiency directly affects how much you spend on your utility bills. It’s advantageous to audit your home and see if you can save some money by simply adding a few features. Here are the 15 ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency:
Small Saving Tactics
#1 – Turn Down Your Thermostat
While you’re at work or away from your home, turn down your thermostat three to five degrees. Depending on the season and your climate, “turning down” could be increasing the temperature from 70 to 75 degrees or decreasing the temperature from 70 degrees to 65 degrees. Whichever is closer to the external temperature, adjust your thermostat in that direction. Remember, you want to adjust your thermostat, not turn it off.
#2 – Create A Compost Pile
Your vegetable, fruit, and biodegradable waste can be placed in a compost pile to reduce your trash creation. Not only will you help the environment, but you will produce valuable fertilizer for your own outdoor endeavors or for your neighbors.
#3 – Seal Your Windows
Whether you live in a hot or cold climate, sealing your windows will help reduce utility costs and make your home more energy efficient. The air the escapes or invades your home can be enough to add a few hundred dollars to your utility bills annually.
#4 – Use Low-Flow Showerheads
Standard shower heads produce nearly five gallons per minute of water. A low-flow showerhead cuts that rate in half down to 2.5 gallons per minute. What’s more, you won’t notice the difference in water pressure, and you’ll be saving money.
#5 – Reduce Water Usage
This sounds like an obvious adjustment to make, but we’re talking about the water you use that you don’t actually “use.” Water that runs while you brush your teeth, hand-wash dishes, or water your lawn can be reduced. You can turn water off while it’s not being used. This one adjustment has saved homeowners hundreds annually on water bills.
#6 – Decrease Space-Heater Usage
Although space heaters are great for keeping warm, they use an abundance of electricity to run. If you must use a space-heater, make sure to purchase the energy-efficient version of your preferred type. Furthermore, you can invest in blankets and more clothing instead of spending money on electricity to keep your heater running.
#7 – Unplug Chargers Not In Use
Did you know your appliances pull electricity even when they’re not being used? The same happens with your device chargers. Although the amount of electricity device chargers pull is substantially less than your appliances, it can add up when you have over five or six chargers plugged in and unused around the house.
#8 – Switch Out Incandescent Light Bulbs
You can save money when you replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). These two alternatives last longer and they use less energy to light the same space compared to incandescent bulbs.
#9 – Wash With Cold Water
It takes more energy to wash your dishes and clothes with warm water. When you use cold water, it costs you less. It’s been reported in a number of studies that more than 85 percent of your water bills come from the temperature of your water. The heat costs you money. Wash with cold water and save money.
Large Saving Tactics
#10 – Replace Your Computer
Do you own a desktop computer that’s more than two years old? It’s time you replace it — or find an energy-efficient power source for it. Your computer can cost you hundreds in energy bills annually. Similar to appliances and device chargers, a computer draws electricity, even when it’s shut off. Don’t want to replace your desktop? Unplug it when it’s not in use.
#11 – Get An HVAC Tune-Up
Schedule a bi-annual HVAC tune-up to ensure your furnace and AC unit are in top-tier condition. A poorly functioning HVAC system can cost you a few hundred every year in bills.
#13 – Perform A Home-Energy Audit
One of the quickest ways to determine home-energy efficiency is to hire a professional to audit it. This is considered a large saving tactic because this can cost more than simply replacing window shades and shore up any air drafts with seals. However, once the audit is complete, you will have a comprehensive list of how you can update your home to be more energy efficient.
#14 – Insulate Your Attic
Did you know not all homes have an insulated attic? It’s an energy-efficiency addition that can save you hundreds in energy bills. Have a professional come out to your home and inspect the attic and get it insulated if needed.
#15 – Install Solar Shingles
The best way to reduce or even eliminate your electricity costs is to install a solar roof. When you choose to go with solar shingles, you become energy independent and add value to your home. Not only will you produce your own energy, but you will add a visually stunning aesthetic to your home’s roof.
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