Home energy efficiency has been a hot topic for homeowners, who are now spending more time inside of their homes than ever. Believe it or not, it’s possible to cut down your energy bills without drastic changes to how you live in your home or expensive remodeling. From turning off the lights when they’re not in use to replacing your air filters, these easy and affordable upgrades will make some big changes in your budget.
Here are 5 home energy efficiency upgrades that will cut energy waste and save you money.
1. Turn Off The Lights
One of the biggest misconceptions people have when attempting home energy efficiency is thinking that your home needs a huge overhaul, and that’s not always the solution. You can start changing the way your home utilizes energy right now with the flick of a light switch. By simply turning off the lights when you aren’t using them, you can significantly reduce your electricity expenses and eliminate the risk of wasting energy.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the best way to measure how much energy you can save is to the first factor in the types of lightbulbs you use. By understanding how much energy your light bulbs consume, you can improve your home energy efficiency by selecting the most cost-effective light bulbs that use the least amount of energy.
Consider utilizing natural light when possible and incorporating LED lights throughout your home. Energypro’s LED light bulbs offer a long life expectancy with low heat emissions and optimal energy efficiency.
2. Replace Your Showerhead
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports a staggering 40 gallons of water per day is used by the average American household. When considering which home energy efficiency upgrades you should incorporate into your home, replacing your showerhead is a huge game-changer.
With a high-efficiency showerhead, you’re only using about 1.5 gallons of water per use, saving you roughly a gallon of water per minute. High-efficiency showerheads, or low-flow showerheads, are engineered to emit a powerful spray without losing its steamy temperature, and all the while, saving you money. A transition into a more energy-efficient lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to lose the comfort or aesthetics of your home. These new showerheads are affordable and come in a variety of styles to suit any design needs.
With this simple upgrade, you can reduce water consumption and lower electricity costs.
3. Enhance Air Conditioning with Ceiling Fans
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that your air conditioner is the reigning energy guzzler in your home. While it isn’t practical to chuck the A/C out completely, it isn’t a stretch to create a lifestyle that uses your A/C less.
Yes, there are energy-efficient windows that will reduce the amount of heat and cold air that comes into your home, but hold off on that big-ticket remodel. The addition of ceiling fans into your home is an oldie, but still a goodie, cost-effective solution to a modern problem.
Most ceiling fans use a small motor to operate and circulate the air in a room to produce a natural cooling effect regardless of the season. For more tips on ways to conserve energy in the summer, check out this blog on the best tips for saving energy in the hottest months of the season. Ceiling fans, similar to light switches, should not be left on when the room is not in use for the best energy conservation.
4. Seal Air Leaks In Your Home
Air leaks might be the most unsuspecting energy thief around. Often, homeowners don’t even realize these pesky cracks are costing them money and contributing to an energy overload in their homes. An air leak is bad business because it directly contributes to warmer or cooler temperatures inside of your home that make your A/C work harder. It’s important that you find the air leaks in your home, but the job can get tricky. Here are a few different ways you can dissolve the air leaks in your house:
Weatherstrips, Caulk, and Tents
For a diverse problem, you need a diverse set of solutions. Air leaks come in every size, and the worst part: there are so many places that air could be seeping into and out of your home. A good rule of thumb is to evaluate all of your windows and doors when checking for air leaks. It could be difficult to spot skinny gaps along your baseboards that will need some caulk application or those medium-sized gaps around your window sills that need weatherstrips. For the more difficult jobs, you might have to get creative with your solutions. If you have an attic door (typically these have huge air leaks), you might want to consider applying an attic tent to create a solid barrier between your attic and living areas.
The greatest way to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency and stay within your budget is to control the heating and cooling within your home. Luckily, there’s a solution that will make your pocketbook feel like you’ve struck a gold mine. Insulation is a huge way to save money and improve the comfort of your home.
With proper insulation, you can slow down the transfer of heat into and out of your home. It actually traps the tiny pockets of air that may be resulting in air leaks and is optimal for slowing down the movement of heat. This will reduce the amount of energy your home consumes trying to cool down or heat up.
Insulation also reduces the amount of noise and air pollution allowed into your home.
5. Buy A WiFi Thermostat
Technological advances greatly improved homeowner’s abilities to conserve energy. A great way to take your home energy efficiency to the next level is by installing Energypro’s Nest Learning Thermostat.
This smart thermostat monitors your temperature preferences through its multifaceted activity sensor and adapts accordingly. Moreover, you can access your thermostat from any device, as it is always connected to your WiFi.
With a WiFi thermostat, you should be able to activate Auto-Away, which turns off the A/C when you’re away from home to limit energy waste. Lastly, the Nest Learning Thermostat displays the Nest Leaf when you’ve selected a temperature that is designated energy efficient for your home.
Home Energy Efficiency with Energypro
Home energy efficiency doesn’t have to come with a budget-breaking price tag. At Energypro, we’re dedicated to implementing energy-efficient tools to improve the performance and comfort of your home.
By partnering with Energypro, you can take control of your energy consumption. We strive to combine energy conservation with practicality by offering some of the leading solutions in the home energy efficiency field, such as air duct sealing and insulation.
Consult with our pros today to find the best ways to achieve home energy efficiency today!