According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average family pays almost $2000 on energy each year, and almost 50% of your home’s energy use is from your heating and air system. There are many opportunities to save money on your utility bills by making your home more energy efficient. Here are 4 tips to make your home more energy efficient.
Insulate your attic
One of the biggest energy improvements you can make to your home is to insulate your attic. Insulating your attic will allow you to maintain a more consistent temperature throughout your home by preventing heat from escaping in the winter and cool air for escaping in the summer. It can also reduce the level of humidity in your home in the summer. If you experience drafty rooms or different temperatures from room to room, you may consider insulating your attic.
Prevent air from leaking through your windows and doors
If you have old windows or can see sunlight between your door and the door frame, you probably have air leaks. There are many products available to help you seal gaps between your windows and doors, such as weather stripping. This is usually sold as a self-adhesive roll that is perfect for lining your door frame. A window insulator kit will allow you to seal up drafty windows by applying a clear plastic film that covers the glass and around the edges to seal any leaks. For larger, more visible leaks, use silicon caulking.
Plant a shade tree
Strategically planting deciduous shade trees around your house and yard can help you conserve energy throughout the year. Their foliage will help shade your yard and house in the summer, reducing how hard your ac unit will have to work to cool your home. When they lose their leaves in the fall and winter, your house can be warmed by the sun. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, you should plant trees on the west and northwest side of your house to reduce the afternoon sun hitting your house. Also, consider planting trees to shade large windows that get a lot of sun, your ac unit, and your driveway.
Upgrade your thermostat
Investing in a programmable or smart thermostat can help you improve your energy usage drastically. Modern thermostats give you the convenience of optimizing for your heating and air conditioning system so that it will heat or cool your home only when you need it. This will drastically reduce the amount of energy you use because you will no longer be inefficiently heating or cooling your home when no one is there.
Keep up with regular maintenance
This should go without saying, but routine maintenance, such as changing out your air filters and having your unit inspected and turned up seasonally will ensure that your heating and cooling system isn’t wasting energy. To learn more about how to make your home more energy efficient, schedule a technician to come to your home. They can help you detect air leaks and other sources of energy loss, and provide solutions to fix those issues.