Energy efficient homes offer homeowners a variety of benefits. First, you will reduce your monthly maintenance and utility bills. This helps you to start recovering the cost of making the home more energy efficient. You will be preserving your environment by limiting your carbon footprint. Potential home buyers will also love to pay a premium for a low maintenance home. So your home will appreciate in value. Here are some of the best ways to raise the energy efficiency of your home.
- Use a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat is designed to allow various temperature settings for different times of the day. For instance, you can set the thermostat to a relatively high temperature and allow your air conditioner to rest when you are not at home. During winter, you can also use this device to set a cooler temperature when you leave the house.
Similarly, you can program your smart thermostat to adjust the temperature settings an hour before you come home so that you have a nice and cool atmosphere in your home when you arrive from work. Smart thermostats also allow you to set the temperature for individual rooms so that conserve more energy and reduce your electricity bills.
- Shift to renewable energy
To make your home more energy efficient, you should start using renewable energy. You can choose from different alternative energy sources including wind, solar and geothermal. Whether you can afford to change the power source for the whole house or you can only afford to power just one room, you can take steps towards it today.
To start with, find out if there’s a green power network that will allow you to change your source of power to wind, hydro or geothermal and start paying less per kilowatt hour.
If you live in a hot climate, you can use the power of the sun to heat up the water you use for showers, washing dishes and laundry. Ask an expert to help you design a high-performance water circulatory system with valves and pumps that will allow you to enjoy warm water in your home throughout the day.
- Install double glazed windows
One of the best ways to reduce heat loss in winter and prevent excessive heat in summer is using double glazed windows. Windows can let in a great deal of atmospheric heat when they are not insulated. Double glazed windows usually have an inert gas in between the internal and external glass. This prevents atmospheric air from mixing with the air within your home. Consequently, you will reduce the amount of energy required to maintain a comfortable internal temperature.
- Install low energy lighting
Lighting accounts for a significant amount of your monthly electricity bill. So you must do all you can to reduce the amount of energy consumed by illumination. By now you should have changed all your old incandescent light bulbs to CFL or LED bulbs. The LED bulbs will reduce energy consumption by at least 80 per cent. You will also save money on maintenance because you won’t have to replace them for about 20 years.
In addition to replacing light bulbs, you should use as much natural light as possible. Open all the curtains wide during the day and enjoy, natural illumination that is more comfortable on the eyes.
- Set up motion sensors
Motion sensors can help you to save a significant amount of energy consumed by lighting. You will make the greatest savings when you use motion sensors to control your security lights. As soon as there’s movement close to your building, the security lights will come on. This is better than keeping them on all day. This approach also helps to scare away potential burglars who may think that there’s no one in the house.
Within the home, you should install motion sensors in each room. Immediately, you get in, the lights will come on. As long as you keep moving, they will stay on but after a continuous period of inactivity, the lights will go off automatically. This will save you the hassle of remembering to switch off every single light bulb when you leave the home.
Now you have several simple and cost-effective ways to make your home more energy efficient. Review them and make plans to apply at least one of the ideas this week.