It’s high time you prioritize your home’s energy efficiency. Doing so would give you two advantages. First, you’ll considerably reduce your utility bills. You can then use the money you save for other expenses, such as your monthly or weekly grocery shopping. The second benefit is you’ll be in Mother Nature’s good graces. Keep in mind that global warming is a real and pressing concern. It’s not some vague concept that will potentially happen in the future. It’s here, now. We must all contribute a little to finding solutions to protect our planet before it’s too late.
Thankfully, there are small adjustments you can make to how you manage your household that will improve your home’s energy efficiency. Here are some recommendations.
Buy energy-efficient appliances
You do not need to replace your current appliances. But the next time you buy, let’s say, a refrigerator because your old one’s ready to retire, make sure to look for the Energy Star label. That means a particular product has passed EPA’s strict energy-efficiency standards. Home appliances stamped with the Energy Star label consume 10 to 50 percent less energy.
Replace incandescent bulbs
Incandescent bulbs are notorious for consuming too much energy. Plus, they do not last as long as other greener options. For example, you may consider using light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), and halogen bulbs. They’re more energy-efficient. Plus, they last longer.
If you have bought landed property, maximize your front or back yard. You can start composting to reduce household waste. As a consequence, you will be reducing your household’s carbon footprint. You can use compost as fertilizer for your garden. You’ll be eating organic food that’s in season.
Use solar panels
You do not have to completely transition to solar panels as an energy source if you haven’t got the budget yet. But it’s worth considering slowly investing in this clean technology. Maybe you can start relying on solar panels for charging gadgets. Ease your household into this green alternative. In time, you will have adopted clean energy into your lifestyle, and you’ll have no reason to go back.
Mind your HVAC system
A faulty HVAC system is one of the most insidious culprits of exorbitant energy consumption. For example, if yours is too big or too small for your house, you’re wasting precious energy. Also, make sure you tune up your HVAC system at least twice a year. Clean air vents and filters so your HVAC system works at its optimum level.
Lower your thermostat
Chances are you do not stay home for most of the day. Whenever you leave the house, make it a habit to lower the thermostat by at least three degrees. Readjust accordingly once you come home. Committing to this strategy will reduce your utility bills.
Insulate your attic
If you have an attic, consider adding insulation. This will solve the problem of air leaks that make your HVAC system work doubly hard, thus consuming more energy. This will require you to invest at least a thousand dollars, but it will be worth every penny.
Your windows have air leaks you probably never noticed before. Seal them to lock in heat or cold from your HVAC system. You can use shrink films for this purpose. This project does not have to be expensive.
Be conscious of water usage
Replace your existing shower heads with a low-flow model. Rest assured, your shower experience won’t decline. However, you’ll considerably reduce your household’s water usage. Commit to turning off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth too. Have a glass ready by the sink.
Unplug whenever possible
Charge your gadgets only when needed. However, look for the optimal way to charge your battery. When not in use, unplug those chargers, and never overcharge your phones and tablets. Not only are you consuming excessive energy, but you’re also putting your gadgets at risk of overheating. If that happens, then you’ll need to pay extra for repair or replacement. That’s money you could have saved.
It does not take a complete lifestyle overhaul to ensure that your home’s as energy efficient as possible. Simple strategies, such as the ones on this list, will suffice. If you commit to these recommendations, soon, you will reap the rewards of your efforts. You’ll get to save money, too. You will be an active contributor to the global fight against global warming.
For best results, make sure that every member of your household is on board. You must communicate your motivations properly. Everyone should understand your goals. Remember that you’re all in this together.