Ideas and Tips to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

By Doherty • June 1st, 2011
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Your home utilizes energy at some level 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It consumes energy to maintain warmth in the household during winter and keep it cool during the summer. It consumes energy to give you light when you require it and provide you with hot water. With this much energy being used, how can we learn to save on it? Read on through this article to find out how to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

 

There are some basic pointers you might want to try when trying to improve the energy efficiency of your home. If you live in an apartment, you can try and save energy by minimizing your utility bills. Minimize the energy your electronics use up in your home by only using it when necessary—for instance, avoid leaving your cell phone charger and other electronics plugged in if not in use. Little things can actually add up in the long run. If you are planning to remodel your home, try to construct a home that takes up less energy and utilizes renewable energy. Learn more about and evaluate your home’s energy consumption and loss to find out how to make it more energy efficient. Improve your insulation and air sealing, landscaping, lighting, heating and cooling systems, water heating, windows, doors and skylights to make your home more energy efficient. You can also add wall sconce light fixtures, which, due to their compact size can be much more energy efficient than larger fixtures.

 

Consider your home a system. You save money and enhance performance when you take cost-effective steps that minimize building loads, and then employ systems and appliances that are the appropriate size to meet the minimized loads. Oftentimes, over-sizing makes performance worse and heightens expenses. The most effective method for enhancing your home’s energy efficiency is to first target your household’s envelop: the windows, attic, doors and walls. You may then minimize energy consumption of systems, which include lighting, heating, cooling and appliances. Finally, think about clean energy generation, such as geothermal and solar.

 

Make sure your walls and attic are properly insulated. If your home has no wall insulation and has wall cavities, then use blown-in insulation. If your attic is unfinished, enhance its insulation. Enhance or replace your existing windows if they are old and leaky. There are now energy-efficient models available. You may also employ weatherstripping and storm windows. Substitute an older furnace with a high-efficiency system.

 

Enhance the efficiency of your hot water system by reducing the temperature of your water heater to warm setting, which is about 120°F, especially for fossil-fuel water heaters with their high standby losses. You may also want to insulate your hot water lines so they don’t cool off as fast between utilization. Additionally, you may utilize low-flow fixtures for baths and showers. Other things you can do to save more energy is to substitute incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lamps.

 

Hopefully you will be able to make use of a few of the suggestions above. Any small change is something and even the most cost-effective steps can enhance the efficiency as well as comfort of your home.

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