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Tips for Making Your Home More Energy Efficient
September 3, 2014
There have been many changes in the homes of recent years that have increased the amount of energy spent, and others that have worked to once again decrease our carbon footprint while still reaping the benefits that can come from these advanced technologies. Take at just a few of the improvements you can make to your home to make it more energy efficient.
A great deal of energy is lost through a simple lack of insulation. Make sure that your home is insulated in the ceilings, walls, and the attic. In addition to this, check the weather stripping of your doors and windows to ensure no air is escaping through these means. This will help your furnace and air conditioner to both be more effective, keeping the heat and cool air they respectively generate within the walls of your house. This insulation will increase the efficiency of your home, reducing your monthly costs.
Heating and Air
In addition to the insulation that is needed, you can help make these appliances more efficient with their energy use. During the beginning of the fall, get your furnace serviced and do the same for the A/C unit when early spring comes around. By having an HVAC professional come out and assess each of these before their use the next season, you will prevent greater problems from arising. This will also help protect the longevity of these appliances, ensuring they will continue to work for years to come.
Replace the Fridge
If you have been using the same fridge for years, or even decades, there’s a good chance it is guzzling a good portion of your monthly energy bill. There have been great leaps in energy efficiency when it comes to the refrigerator that cannot be overlooked. Even the fridges from just over 10 years ago will be 20 to 40 percent less efficient than a model being produced today. The initial cost of a new fridge will be well worth it for the following energy benefits.
Be Smart With Appliances
It is critical to be smart when dealing with each of your appliances. Unplug and turn off those items that you are no longer using, or unplug when you leave a room. Getting into this habit will help lower your energy bill, protecting your home from energy guzzling.
Be smart when it comes to the energy consumption of your home. By making certain changes now, you can save on your monthly bills, as well as reduce your carbon footprint.