Want to keep your home energy efficient?
Check out our helpful tips to make your house go green and save on energy around the home.
- Perform an energy efficiency audit – A great way for homeowners to figure out what parts of their property need attention is to perform an energy audit. An energy professional will inspect your home and in most cases it is free.
- Make sure your home is properly sealed – Use caulking, spray foam or weather-stripping to plug up leaks that will allow hot or cold air to come into your home.
- Add insulation to your home – Start with an easily accessible part of the home, such as the attic, and add more. Usually over a period of years insulation will reduce down to 3 to 4 inches, automatically making your home less energy efficient. Most cases you are supposed to have about 10 inches of insulation.
- Add a programmable thermostat – You can pick up a programmable thermostat for less than $30. Use a programmable thermostat to set back the temperature significantly when you are not in the home or you are asleep.
- Replace older windows – Use energy efficient windows to help keep heat and cold out of your home. Did you also know that qualified energy efficient windows are eligible for a federal tax credit?
- Replace your older HVAC system with an energy efficient one – This project can definitely be a costly one so only replace the system if it is your last resort. Check first to make sure your home is properly sealed and not leaking.
- Use an energy efficient water heater – These will drive down the energy costs and they keep water hot for longer than traditional water heaters.