Making you home energy efficient will save on the environment and your wallet. That all sounds good but exactly how do you do it?
Here are 10 top ways to make that happen.
First, get an energy audit.
This is where a professional comes in and assesses your home and tell you what needs the most attention. Its a good idea because they know places to look that we wouldn’t even think of. FYI, We offer them here at Newhouse and Sun…
Second, Seal up doors and windows
Use caulking or other methods to seal around doors and windows. These are the number one way we lose energy in our homes. You can also check attics and basement for cracks and hole.
Third, insulate the attic
Half the homes in the US are under insulated. This is easy to do and you will notice the difference.
Fourth, seal your ductwork
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that roughly a fifth of this air escapes through leaks. Use duct sealant to fix any leaks.
Fifth, install a programmable thermostat
These devices “save about 10 percent on your heating bills and your cooling bills in the summer, so they pay for themselves literally in a matter of months,” says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy.
Sixth, install new windows
New windows can save you a bundle. They also add to the value of your home so its a win/win
Seventh, install energy efficient doors
Avoid hollow doors! I know they are cheaper but the air goes right thru them.
Eighth, install storm windows
This can be a cheaper option than window replacement if your interior windows are in good shape.
Ninth, replace old systems
Replacing your HVAC units can lower your monthly energy bills. Not to mention make the home overall more comfortable. Make sure you have done the other steps before you do this one though, otherwise you lose it all.
Tenth, install a new water heater
Water heating takes up 15 to 25 percent of the homes energy usage. Energy efficient water heaters can significantly lower that!
Once you’ve finished all of these your house should be free of drafts, be more comfortable and you should start seeing a drop in your energy bills.