How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
While going solar is the best long-term investment, there are little things you can do now to make your home more energy efficient. States have individual incentives for many of these solutions. Here are a few ways to help get you started.
Have you taken stock of all your home appliances? If you have an older machine, it could be using more energy than necessary. It may be worth upgrading sooner rather than later. Make sure you look for the “energy efficient” label on washers, dryers, and other appliances.
If you live somewhere particularly cold in the winter or hot in the summer, then you need to invest in quality HVAC equipment. Having efficient machines that run well and keep your home at the right temperature can make a big difference, especially in a bigger home. In addition to having the proper equipment, make sure your ducts are operating properly and are clean.
LED (light emitting diode) lighting products produce light approximately 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs. Survey your lighting and replace your incandescent bulbs with LED lights. New LED lighting can save a surprising amount of power.
For the best savings we recommended to replace all of your light bulbs. However, it is most important to replace bulbs in the 60-100 watt range. Check with your power provider as you may be able to get discounts or rebates on qualified LED bulbs.
A smart thermostat is a wifi enabled device that automatically adjusts heating and cooling temperature settings in your home. Smart thermostats will allow you to control your home’s heating and cooling remotely through your smartphone. Many smart thermostats learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that automatically adjusts to energy-saving temperatures when you are asleep or away. You can also qualify for savings and rebates through your energy provider.
These are a few ways to help you start saving money and make your home more energy efficient. Along with solar power, you will be energy independent in no time! Did we miss some energy saving ideas? Let us know how you save energy at home.