8 Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
All households run on energy. However, the energy needed to keep your household up and running does not necessarily need to drain your bank account. There are many tips and tricks that will conserve energy and ultimately save you money.
1. Turn lights off when not in use
Turning lights off when leaving a room is a little thing goes a long way. An easy and simple way to reduce energy is literally at the tip of your fingers. The best way to accomplish this is to be more conscious of light use or to simply install timers for lights. An additional way to save energy when it comes to lights is to try to use natural lighting as much as possible. An easy way to do this is to simply leave curtains open or install more or larger windows.
2. Upgrade Windows
Your windows may be the culprits of your high power bills. Older windows that are not well insulated or installed will let out the heat or the cool air that you have intended to fill your house. This causes your heating and cooling system to work twice as hard as it needs to. A simple fix would be to upgrade your windows.
3. Seal everything
Another way to handle windows that are letting air out is to seal them. Along with windows, you should also seal doors, attics, vents, and other areas where air may be escaping your home. Using caulk to seal areas where the air is leaking out of your home will help your heating and cooling system to be more efficient and overall reduce energy.
4. Install a programmable thermostat
A good way to save energy in your home is having the ability to monitor it. With a programmable thermostat, you can use the settings to run less or even turn it off when away from the house. Turning the thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer when not home goes a long way. This is also a helpful option when leaving on vacations because then you can ensure your thermostat is not working harder than it needs to when you are not even home.
5. Lower the thermostat on the water heater
Another good way to save energy is to lower the temperature of your water heater. Lowering your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees Fahrenheit) will help to save energy. Pairing this with attempting to use less water overall will save you a lot in energy costs.
6. Change your light bulbs
The type of light bulb you use in your home matters. Your current light bulbs may be using more energy than they need to. Halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) last longer than traditional bulbs and use significantly less electricity.
7. Turn off the water when not in use
We often do not even realize how much water we leave running. Doing simple tasks like brushing teeth or washing dishes can sometimes use more water than we actually know. Simply turning off the water while brushing teeth or only running the water when actually rinsing the dishes is an effective way to use less water.
8. Unplug chargers when not in use
Chargers that are plugged in, even when not in use, are energy vampires. One charger plugged into the wall at all times may not make a big difference, but when multiplied with all the chargers plugged in all around the house it goes a long way. Unplugging chargers around your home when not in use will end up saving you more in the long run.
There are many simple things that can be done around the house to save energy. Some are simply being more conscious of energy use and adjusting to new habits and some are a little larger. Installation of new windows and sealing places where the air is leaking out of the house may not seem worth it now, but in the long run, will make such a big difference. Companies such as Vasco Property Services can perform needed maintenance on your house to help make it more energy efficient.
Contact Vasco Property Services today at 443-880-8622.