|There are countless benefits to creating an energy efficient home from the environmental stipulations to the overall financial benefits. Here are some helpful tips and suggestions for making sure your home is getting the best of both worlds.|
1. Replace your old(er) appliances
2. Switching your refrigerator, washer/dryers, or dishwasher to a more energy efficient model, such as EnergyStar, can help the efficiency of your home overall.
3. Install a programmable thermostat
4. Smart and strategic temperature choices can help you save money and keep you environmentally friendly.
5. Keep heat inside, check the weather stripping on your door seals.
6. Replace old, leaky windows Switch out your older, crooked, beat up windows for newer, low emissivity models, you are reducing the transfer of heat, helping you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
7. Use energy efficient light bulbs CFLs and LEDs are great for replacing the incandescent bulbs in your home. Although some people don’t like the look of fluorescent lights, LEDs in a soft/warm tone are a great alternative, and eco-friendly.
8. Install low-flow showerheads and toilets. Improving water-usage in your home will make it much more efficient, saving you money and saving the environment.
9. Insulate your walls and attic. Trapping heat, where you might not notice it escaping, can be a major money saver.
10. Use fans to cool and circulate the air. Ceiling fans and portable fans are much more energy efficient and cost-effective to operate than the air conditioner.
11. A home water heater really only needs to be between 120 and 140 degrees, anything hotter and it’s really just a waste of money and electricity.
12. Mount solar panels onto your sunlit roof. Solar panels can provide significant energy cost savings because the electricity generated by the panels can be transferred into your home’s usage or back onto the “electricity grid”.
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