Many homeowners want to reap the rewards of living in an energy efficiency home, but they aren’t sure where to start when it comes to conserving energy. Fortunately, going green at home isn’t hard.
Saving energy at home can:
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Lower your monthly utility bills
- Make your home more comfortable to live in
- Increase your home’s resale value
To get started converting your home into an energy efficient dwelling, follow these energy saving tips for your home:
Install A Door Sweep
It’s important to seal air leaks in your home to keep cool air inside during the summer and warm air inside during the winter. If these leaks aren’t sealed, the heating and cooling system will have to work even harder to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home.
Seal one of the biggest sources of air leaks by installing a door sweep underneath the doors leading to the outside. This simple DIY project can drastically reduce your home’s energy consumption.
Adjust the Thermostat
Many homeowners keep their thermostats set to 72 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. This may help you beat the heat, but it can also cause your energy bills to skyrocket.
Dial the temperature up to 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. Increasing the temperature by six degrees Fahrenheit can help you save between 6 to 18% on your monthly cooling bill.
Replace Air Filters
Set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget to replace your air filters at least once every three months. If the filters are dirty, the heating and cooling system will need to consume more energy to distribute warm or cool air throughout your home. Give your heating and cooling system a break—and lower your energy bills—by replacing your air filters on a regular basis.
Insulate Your Water Heater
Purchase a water heater insulation kit at a local hardware store. Then, follow the instructions to secure an insulating blanket over your water heater. It won’t take much time or money to complete this project, but it can help you save a significant amount of energy. In fact, it’s estimated that insulating your water heater can reduce your annual energy bill by as much as 16%.
Use Ceiling Fans
Turn on your ceiling fans so you don’t need to rely as much on your heating and cooling system to stay comfortable at home.
Many people know that ceiling fans can keep you cool in the summer, but few are aware that ceiling fans can actually be used to stay warm in the winter as well. In the summer, the ceiling fan should run in a counter-clockwise direction, but in the winter, the ceiling fan should run in a clockwise direction.
Reversing the direction of the blades will allow your ceiling fan to distribute the warm air near the ceiling down toward the floor. By making this simple switch, you can use your ceiling fans to save energy at home all year long.
Switch to Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Lighting accounts for about 10% of your home’s annual energy costs. Reduce your lighting bill by switching to energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). These energy efficient light bulbs consume far less energy than traditional bulbs. Plus, they last up to 25 times longer, so you won’t need to replace them as often.
Upgrading to CFLs can reduce your lighting bill by up to 75%.
Planting trees in the right places outside of your home can drastically reduce your energy bill. To maximize your energy savings, plant trees that will provide shade to your patio, driveway, and outdoor air conditioning unit.
You should also plant trees on the west and northwest side of your home. In this position, trees will provide shade during the hottest hours of the day, which occur in the mid-to-late afternoon.
Turn Down the Water Heater Temperature
The temperature on most water heaters is set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. But the temperature does not need to be this high to provide hot water to your home. Turn it down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce standby energy losses and save hundreds of dollars on water heating costs. You should also get in the habit of turning the water heat completely off whenever you plan on leaving home for a long period of time.
Start to Save Energy At Home Today
It’s never too late to go green at home. Follow these tips so you can reduce your energy consumption, lower your monthly utility bills, and enjoy the many other benefits of living in an energy efficient home!