From time to time, every home could use some energy efficient upgrades in addition to regular repairs and maintenance. If your home is in need of updating, eco-friendly upgrades are a wise choice. Energy efficiency is more important to homeowners now than ever before, so making changes in the direction of “going green” will make your home more appealing to buyers.
Install more energy efficient windows, doors, and skylights
About 20% of air that escapes in and out of your home is through openings in your windows, doors, and skylights. Storm windows alone can reduce heat loss through windows by 25% to 50%.
Install energy efficient lighting
Switching to LED or CFL bulbs will save you money. New light fixtures can also reduce lighting costs, which account for up to one-third of a home’s overall electricity bill. Natural light is another option for reducing reliance on electricity. Aside from adding value to a home, skylights or larger windows can be a great option for cooler climates because they let more direct sunlight into the home’s interior.
Install and set programmable thermostats
Save energy by automatically regulating your home’s temperature when you are home, asleep, or away. You can save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10% to 15% for 8 hours.
Tune-up or upgrade heating and cooling systems
Heating and cooling your home uses more energy than any other system in your home. Combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, can cut your energy use for heating and cooling from 20% to 50%.
Seal your ducts
Many duct systems are not insulated properly or have gaps or holes where air can leak out. You can lose up to 60% of your heated air before it reaches the register if your ducts are not insulated and they travel through unheated spaces such as an attic or crawlspace.
Upgrade household appliances and electronics
Appliances account for about 15% of your household’s energy consumption, with refrigerators, clothes washers, and clothes dryers at the top of the consumption list. Upgrade appliances to ENERGY STAR qualified models.
Upgrading your home to meet today’s current demand for energy efficiency will not only save you money on your everyday costs and bills, but will add to your home’s overall resale value. If you’re looking to list your home on the market, or are currently on the hunt for a new, energy-efficient home, contact Brad Miller of Helen & Brad Homes!