Ask Away...: Making Your Home More Efficient

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Making Your Home More Efficient


If you love your home, but you sometimes wish that it was a bit more efficient, and therefore less expensive to run, here are some (mostly) simple changes you can make to lower your energy use without losing the love for your home and the comforts it brings you...
Give Your HVAC Some Attention

Dif you know that heating and cooling your home can make up as much as 50 percent of your total energy bill? It’s staggering that that should be the case when we all have so many gadgets running that you’d expect to take up a lot of energy, isn’t it?

The good news is, there are a few simple things you can do to make your HVAC system more efficient:

  • Change the filters more often
  • Turn down the thermostat. Even lowering it by a single degree can cut 10 percent off your heating bill and you’ll hardly notice the difference, if at all!
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat, which will give you greater control over your home’s temperature, and therefore, your energy use
  • Replace your unit with a more efficient one

Doing any or all of these things will help you to run a more efficient HVAC unit.

Install Solar Panels

Of course, another great way to save on your home power costs is with solar panels. Residential solar installation is becoming more and more common, and although it does require an upfront investment, it will pay for itself in lower energy bills soon enough. It could even make you money if you live somewhere where the sun always shines because you can sell excess energy that you generate back to the power companies in many cases!

Install Insulation

Having an insulation company come in and work out where best to place insulation in your home so that less heat leaks out will massively improve the efficiency of your home by helping to keep it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It’s also a very affordable option.

Switch Out Your Light Bulbs

Switching any  Incandescent light bulbs you’re using with much more efficient LED bulbs will mean that you use much less energy and because they have a lifespan that’s around five times greater, it’ll also mean that you have to buy new bulbs much less often.

Invest in Wind Power

If you live in a windy area, it might be worth looking into buying a small wind turbine because, if you do, you might be able to generate most of your energy needs with it most of the time. It might sound a little odd, but it is becoming increasingly common, and it is, along with solar power, about as efficient as you can get.

Make Repairs immediately

If you notice a dripping roof or a window frame that’s starting to rot, you might be tempted to put it out of your mind and leave it until the problem gets a little worse. If you’re looking to be as efficient as possible, you should never do this, because not only will the issues make your home less efficient by letting in cold air/ out heat, but they’ll also cost you more to put right the longer you wait.

I hope this helps you to create a more efficient home you can truly enjoy!















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