Ways to Increase Your Homes Energy Efficiency

Do you know much about energy efficiency? You’ve probably heard about Energy Star appliances and windows, but there plenty of other things you can do to improve the way you use energy in your home. Here are 10 improvements you can make that will make a significant difference.

1.    Exterior Insulation and Paint
If the exterior of your home is light in color, it will help the interior stay cooler. A darker color, meanwhile, will keep it warmer. Using the right kind of insulation in the roof and walls will keep the heat inside, keeping you warmer for longer.
2.    Floor Coverings and Window Treatments
The right kind of window treatment will reduce energy costs in your home, depending on whether you want to reduce heat loss or keep your home cooler. The flooring you choose can also save energy and money. For example, carpets can trap heat and keep your home warmer in winter.  
3.    Home Solar Systems
Switch to solar with the help of Going Solar, and you’ll reduce your energy bills and increase your home’s value. Solar energy and home solar systems are one of the cleanest renewable energy sources available. The power of the sun can be harnessed to provide light, electricity, and to heat water.  
4.    Bathroom and Kitchen Appliances
Next time you need to buy appliances for your kitchen or bathroom look for those with an Energy Star rating. The higher the rating, the bigger savings you can make on your utility bills.
5.    Install Day Lighting
It’s possible to illuminate your home without electrical lighting by using natural light. Install skylights, light shelves, clerestory windows or light bulbs.
6.    Change Your Laundry Routine
Wait until you have a full load prepared before doing the laundry. Wash on low temperatures whenever possible. Air-dry your clothes rather than using the dryer. If you have to use the dryer, spin-dry or wring clothes before putting them in.
7.    Be a Smart Cook
Convection ovens are far more efficient than conventional ovens. Microwave ovens use even less energy. Put the lids on pots and pans as this will reduce cooking time or invest in a pressure cooker.
8.    Plant Trees and Shrubs
Good landscaping can save energy, especially when planted close to the west side of your home. The foliage blocks the suns rays that would warm the house while in the winter, the branches can allow the sun to shine through.
9.    Perform an Energy Audit
It is possible to have your home audited for energy efficiency. An energy auditor will visit your home and assess it. They will also be able to recommend measures you can take to improve its comfort and efficiency.
10. Install a Storm Door
A storm door can not only protect your home against the ravages of the weather; it can also help reduce energy loss by as much as 50%.

If you’re a homeowner, any one of these changes or improvements is a viable option if you are looking for methods to improve the efficiency of your home. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also be reducing your reliance on fossil fuels and helping protect our valuable natural resources. 

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