Save yourself some money on your next electric bill and make a few small lifestyle changes that will benefit the planet! Energy efficiency is a popular “buzz word” right now, and for good reason! We scoured the internet for tips and tricks to making homes more energy efficient on virtually any budget.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY HOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT?
Replace Incandescent Bulbs with LED Versions
Changing your old bulbs to LED versions is the quickest and cheapest way to make your home more energy-efficient. Traditional incandescent bulbs give out 90% heat but only 10% light, and LED bulbs aim to change this. They last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use only a fraction of the energy too. They fit into most existing fittings, so you’ll be hard pressed to find a suitable replacement. Although they are more expensive than traditional bulbs, they are worth the extra money because they last longer and save you money on your electricity in the long run.
Improve Your Heating
It may surprise you that half of household bills are spent on heating and hot water. With gas and electric prices on the rise, an energy-efficient heating system is becoming a priority of savvy homeowners. But with having to upgrade your whole boiler system to an energy-efficient model, which is an option, there are also small efforts you can make in your home that will significantly impact your bills this winter. For example, dropping your thermostat just 2 degrees and utilizing sweaters and blankets when possible can save you hundreds! Proper insulation on your home and windows is also a game-changer. Somethings as simple as feeling for and identifying “cold spots” and covering them by any means necessary will often significantly cut down on costs as well.
Buy An Energy Efficient Air Conditioner
If you decide to buy a new air conditioner, there are a number of things to look out for in order to make sure the model you are buying is energyefficient.
1. Buy the right size for the space. Choosing a unit that is too big or too small for a room impacts much more than the overall comfort of the space… It can cause your electric bill to spike!
2. Buy a model with controls. In order to save energy, it is important to be able to turn your air conditioner on and off when required, and set timers so that the unit will shut down automatically. Make this more convenient for your family by purchasing a unit with a hand-held control.
3. Buy an air conditioner with an energy-saving feature. As well as switching off the fan, energy-saving air conditioners will also turn off the compressor, saving as much energy as possible.
4. Buy a unit with a strong EER and SEER rating. SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) and EER (energy efficiency rating) are two measures of energy efficiency for air conditioners. Look out for higher ratings which equal better efficiency.
5. Buy air conditioners with energy star certification. Such a logo indicates the model has passed certain energy efficiency standards.
6. Consider units with Wi-Fi control. Wi-Fi control gives you the added advantage of being able to fully control your air conditioner with your phone, making it even easier to switch on and off.
Some other suggestions…
• Start a compose pile in the yard
• Seal your windows
• Turn off unnecessary water
• Install Low-flow shower heads
• Unplug anything you aren’t using like chargers, appliances
MAKE YOUR HOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT TODAY
There are many benefits to making your home more energy-efficient. Energy-efficient homes can be cheaper to run and also have less impact on the environment. Thankfully, there are a number of ways that homes can be made more energy-efficient, regardless of your budget.
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