Energy Efficiency Tips
Heating our homes in winter and cooling them in summer, turning on the lights and using different appliances, we dream of living in more comfortable energy-efficient homes. Choosing simpler upgrades may be the best initial course of action. So, take necessary steps creating comfortable home that consumes less energy. Find out here a few simple low-cost and no-cost energy suggestions.
- Door insulation
Check draft proofing or weather stripping; prevent heat from escaping and draughts from entering rooms.
- Air sealing
Seal your home quite tightly by adding weather stripping or caulking around windows. Windows with wood framing offer the best value of insulation.
Replace older windows with energy efficient ones. Apply heavy drapes outside across windows during the winter.
- Duct sealing
Correct the problems with reverse-cycle air-conditioning, poorly sealed openings, gaps around the seals of ducts that can be also the source of heat loss.
- Roof/attic/ basement
Attic and basement insulation keeps the warmth in during cold months and the heat out in hot months, reduces your energy bills by around 20% or more.
– Improve the lighting
Consider lighting installation with LED or CFL bulbs. Natural light is another option – add skylights or larger windows for more direct sunlight.
– Heating and cooling system maintenance
Change your air filter regularly, as a well-maintained system can save a lot.
– Programmable thermostat
Set climate control systems with a programmable thermostat. It will automatically alter the temperature with no other manual adjustments required.
– Energy saving with smart power strips
Turned off devices continue to draw power, therefore unplug your devices or let a smart power strip do this job for you.
– High-energy appliances replacement
If your existing devices are more than 15-20 years old, install new kitchen appliances, air conditioners or boilers that consume less energy.
- Refrigerator: optimum cooling and freshness
Set a temperature range of your fridge between 35° and 38°F to keep food fresh without wasting energy.
– Cold water cycle of washing machine
It saves on not only heating costs, but also keeps colours from fading and clothes from shrinking.
– Air conditioning with ceiling fans
Ceiling fans help to circulate air around your home, preventing heat and condensation. It will cost much less than running of an air-conditioner.
Improve the energy efficiency of your home and return the money you have lost. Do not delay and think about energy saving your home today!