There are a lot of ways you can make your home more energy efficient, which will save you money on your energy bills and help you pursue other incentives, as well. If you are not sure where to start, choose one aspect of your home, such as your heating or your electrical system, to upgrade. Think of making your home more efficient as a series of changes, rather than a one-time event. Some of the upgrades below require the aid of a professional while you can do others on your own. Below are 10 ways to get started.
Low Flow Plumbing Fixtures
Nearly any type of plumbing fixture can be replaced with a low flow version that saves water. Toilets, shower heads, and faucets are a few examples. Low flow does not mean reduced water pressure. Rather, low flow features use higher water pressure to produce a flow equal to high flow fixtures while using less water.
Upgrade your Insulation
If your insulation is not as thick as the currently recommended level or if it has worn down from years of exposure to water or other elements, heat is escaping through your walls. Replace your insulation with modern, thicker insulation and if there are areas of your home without it, such as the attic, add insulation to those areas.
Invest in Programmable Thermostats
You can use a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature in your home while you are sleeping, working, or away from the home. This can save as much as 10 percent of your heating and cooling costs each year.
Switch your Light Bulbs to Fluorescents
Lighting is often one of the largest users of a home’s electricity. If you are still using incandescent light bulbs, replace them with fluorescent bulbs. Look for Energy Star lighting fixtures to cut down on energy usage further.
Seal your Ducts and Other Areas Prone to Air Leaks
Small gaps around your heating ducts and other vulnerable areas in your home like your windows, doors, and siding can let out hot air, wasting the air you paid to heat and requiring your system to work harder. Take the time to find all potential air leaks in your home and seal them to keep hot air in.
Consider New Appliances
Newer appliances tend to be more efficient than older ones. Look for Energy Star appliances and when it is time to upgrade, consider efficiency when choosing the right model.
Upgrade your Heating and Cooling System
If your heating and cooling system is outdated, modernizing it can save you money in the long run. This can involve upgrades to your equipment and your insulation as well as changing how you use your heating and cooling system.
Go Tankless (Or At Least Energy Efficient)
You can save up to 20 percent on your water bill by switching to a tankless water heater, which provides hot water on demand. If this is not feasible, consider an energy efficient hot water heater.
Take Control of your Water Temperatures
Another way to save on energy costs is to install thermostatic control valves in your showers. These valves regulate the water temperature and can shut off the hot water flow to the shower after it has warmed sufficiently, conserving hot water.
Install Efficient Doors and Windows
Approximately 20 percent of the air that enters your home enters through your doors and windows. To keep this air out, install Energy Star doors and windows in your home.
Team Electric Plumbing and Air
For more information about how you can make your home more energy efficient, contact our team of heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing specialists at Team Electric Plumbing and Air in Manalapan for help..