In recent years, there’s been a huge focus on energy efficiency and how we can be more friendly to the environment. While there are lots of ways to conserve energy, one of the best places to start is within your own home. Here’s how you can make your home more energy efficient, saving you money and helping the planet at the same time.
- Adjust your thermostat; even raising the temperature just a couple of degrees in the summer can make a difference. In fact, even just a one degree increase can save you 7% to 10% on your cooling bill annually.
- Use a programmable thermostat and set it to increase the indoor temperature at night and while you’re at work. Keep the coolest settings for when you’re at home and awake.
- Replace older, energy-zapping appliances with Energy Star rated units.
- Change your filters on your AC and heating units regularly – about every 1 to 2 months.
- Keep air circulating in your home with ceiling fans and/or portable fans..
- Close blinds and curtains during the day when the sun is the hottest.
- Add insulation to the attic, and use weatherstripping around doors and windows to seal off any openings where drafts can enter.
- Add a vent ridge to the attic to lower the temperature in that space.
- Plant trees and shrubs to shade your home.
- Invest in solar screens for your windows to block the sun’s rays.
- Keep your air ducts clean and clear of dust and debris to maximize air flow.
Being more energy efficient isn’t a chore, it’s a state of being. There are so many little things you can do to make a positive impact, and taking a small amount of time and effort to do them can save you big in the long run. Plus, think of the positive impact you’ll be making on the planet!