How to Improve Energy Efficiency in your Home
Improving the energy efficiency in your home will help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Follow these energy-saving tips and go green!
Install Energy-Efficient Windows
The EPA”s ENERGY STAR program reports that you can save up to $465 per year just by installing energy-efficient windows in your home. In addition to this savings, your new windows will also improve your home”s curb appeal and property value. If you”re not going to install energy-efficient windows, winterizing your windows will at least help you save money during the chill of winter.
Maintain or Replace the HVAC System
Air conditioners become more energy-inefficient as time goes on. If your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is more than 10 years old, it may be time to have it replaced. By replacing your air conditioner, you could save as much as $200 per year on your energy bill. Even if your air conditioner isn”t very old, there are ways to maintain and upgrade your HVAC system to ensure efficiency.
- Replace your air filters every 90 days or more often. If your HVAC system”s air filters are dirty, your air conditioner and heater may need to work harder than necessary to circulate air, lowering its energy efficiency.
- Install a programmable thermostat. By programming your thermostat to cool or heat your home less while you”re not home, you”ll save money on your energy bill.
- Clean and seal your ducts. This prevents air leaks and ensures that your air conditioner or heater can cool or heat the rooms of your house with the lowest energy input possible.
Replace Light bulbs
According to Energy.gov, you can save as much as $50 per year on your energy bills by replacing just 15 incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights.
Install New Doors
Installing all new exterior-facing doors, including sliding doors and wooden doors, can dramatically improve a home”s ability to retain climate-controlled temperatures during the heat of the summer and the chill of the winter. When looking for new doors for your home, pay attention to the resistance to conductive heat flow, also known as the R-value.