Save the Environment, Save Your Wallet: Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Home

Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 at 11:01am.

5 Tips to Improving a Home's Energy EfficiencyNo one wants to overspend on their power bills, but investing in new equipment or making drastic changes to a home may seem like it's not worth the hassle or the expense. However, not all steps are difficult to complete and homeowners might be surprised at just how far technology has advanced when it comes to energy efficiency. It's almost always better to make the effort to begin a home improvement project to remodel and upgrade the preexisting systems rather than keeping the current systems as is.

Better Attic Insulation

Homeowners are losing about 35 percent of their air (whether hot or cold) through their walls. This is always going to be frustrating for owners who would rather not pay to heat or cool the outside air. There really isn't much that can be done about the walls either as they're difficult to access and treat. There are ways to insulate them, but the cost and the effort it takes to do so is almost never recommended. Instead, look toward insulating the attic to increase energy efficiency in your Kettle Valley home. Spray foam is usually an excellent option because it expands to hit every nook and cranny for maximum protection.

Use Two-Stage Furnaces

When a family is away at work and school, it may seem tempting to turn off the HVAC system entirely until people get back. However, this ultimately increases energy bills because of the extra work the system has to do to bring the room back to the desired temperature. A two-stage furnace will control the temperature in each room so residents are always comfortable without wasting energy. It can be programmed by the owner so that it takes into account both weekend and weekday schedules. Some furnaces will actually adjust the temperature based on the family's habits for even better control.

Install Faucet Aerators

A faucet aerator will add air into the water from the tap, which reduces its rate of flow without reducing the pressure the user feels. The device is a screen that can be placed over the faucet to slow down the amount it produces. It will also decrease splashing or messes that an unsuspecting guest may face. An aerator inexpensive and can have a significant impact on water bills. There are aerators that can restrict usage to as low as a gallon a minute, which is more than half of what a normal faucet produces.

Change the Lighting

LED lights can be an excellent resource when it comes to saving a homeowner on their electricity bills, even if the initial expense of the bulbs tends to put people off. While they do cost more, they're one of the most efficient ways to light a home besides pure sunlight. Plus, LED lighting is also designed to last for a long time. Most bulbs stop working once their primary fuel source has burned out, but an LED bulb will degrade extremely slowly over time. (It also gives an owner a long warning for when they need to change out their bulb.)

Window Wonders

Just putting window film on windows can save a homeowner up to 14 percent on heating bills. It's a simple and extremely cost-effective step to take. However, if homeowners really want to save as much as possible, it's recommended they go the extra mile to caulk and weatherstrip them as well. In addition, putting up heavy quilted drapes can also insulate the home and keep all the unwanted elements where they belong.

There are a multitude of options for homeowners to upgrade their homes to improve the energy efficiency and increase monetary savings. These and other money-saving upgrades can increase the value of a home and reduce the expense of utility costs for homeowners, whether they still own their homes or if they're planning to sell.

Justin Havre

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