Make the switch to an energy efficient home starting today.
An energy-efficient home can help conserve energy which is very much the need of the hour. Not just that, in the long run an energy-efficient home can reduce consumption of energy and demand for non-renewable resources. Over time, this move can yield significant savings as compared to conventional homes. Here are some tips on how you can make the shift to an energy-efficient home starting today.
Use solar energy
Solar Energy is inexhaustible and can be harnessed via solar panels installed on the roof. They help cut down the electricity costs and help produce your own electricity. Not only is it cost-effective, but with many people making sustainable choices, this can help strengthen the green movement to save the planet.
Change the windows
Single-pane windows are not energy-efficient as they can lose a lot of heat during the cooler seasons and cool air in summer. This can spike your energy costs through the year. Keeping windows or blinds open to let it natural light and opting for double panel windows with tinted glass can be the answer to better temperature control in your home.
Check the insulation
In winter if the insulation isn’t right, you could be letting out a lot of heat. Not only does it increase the energy bills, but also can be detrimental to the environment. Caulk or seal any air leaks that you may find around windows, doors, attic and basements.
Change the way you do your laundry
Two things to keep in mind when you do your laundry. Instead of multiple small loads of washing, ensure that you pack a full load in the washing machine. Opt for cool water rather than warm to save energy.
Switch off gadgets when not in use
A no-brainer. Plugged chargers can consume energy. It may not be much, but when totaled, it does add up to a significant amount of money. It is always a good habit to unplug chargers and switch off plug points when not in use.
Other things to keep in mind
- Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) help save electricity, switch over to these to save on electricity.
- Invest in energy-star certified appliances. These may be expensive, but they consume less energy thereby contributing to savings.
- Go green with landscaping. If your house allows, opt for landscaping that can protect your home from heat in summer.
- During summer, close the drapes on the sunny side of your home to keep the heat away and to reduce the temperature inside your home naturally.
It starts at home
Being energy-efficient is something we must all be conscious of and what better place to start than at home. Simple, yet effective changes can help you make that switch and take a step towards living the sustainable life.