Home Energy Efficiency Tips
With spring just around the corner and temperatures starting to rise, now is the perfect time to make sure that your home is as energy efficient as possible. Not only is having an energy efficient home good for your wallet, but it is also great for the planet!
Ensure that all of your lightbulbs are LEDs
One way to increase your home’s energy efficiency is by making sure that all of your lightbulbs are LEDs. Replacing just five of your most frequently used lights to LEDs can lead to savings of over $75 a year.
Ensure that your home is properly sealed
A huge problem that many homeowners face is a home that is not properly sealed. Taking the time to seal any cracks, gaps, or leaks can save you up to 10% on your heating and cooling costs. If your home has single pane windows, you may even consider replacing them with a more energy efficient option.
Consider switching to a smart thermostat
Using a programmable or smart thermostat can save homeowners an estimated 10% per year on heating and cooling costs. Not only will you be able to program temperatures to change in your home throughout the day based on your needs, but you will also be able to control the temperature remotely from your phone or tablet when you are not at home. Additionally, smart thermostats provide you data on your energy use that you can track and manage.
Clean or replace all filters
Dirty filters in your home cause systems to work harder and run longer than necessary. Simply changing your filters can help reduce energy consumption.
Consider replacing old appliances
Investing in new energy efficient heating and cooling equipment can reduce your energy by 20% or more. Depending on the age of your appliances, it may be worth looking into replacing them before peak summer demand.
Check that natural gas flames are blue
If your home uses gas, make sure that any natural gas appliance’s flames are blue. If you see yellow flames, this indicates that the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed, and you should consult the manufacturer or your local utility.
Maintenance on your heating & cooling systems
Doing annual maintenance on your heating and cooling systems is vital to ensure that they are performing at their best. It is highly recommended that all homeowners check and clean their air conditioner’s evaporator coil in the spring to ensure that the system is performing at optimal levels. Not only do these annual checks prevent future headaches, but performing routine maintenance such as replacing or cleaning filters can lower your home’s energy consumption by up to 15%.