Does it seem like your power bill keeps going up every year? If so, that’s not surprising. Reports show that the average cost of electricity is currently rising and will continue to do so over the next several years.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to reduce your power usage.
An energy-efficient home is within your grasp, but you will need to put in some work to make it happen. Below are several things you can do to reduce your energy use and create an energy-efficient house.
Improve Your Insulation
Your insulation is there to keep heat inside your home. Without it, your walls are much thinner and let more of the environment into your home and heat escape. That makes it much harder for your climate control system to maintain your home’s climate.
Your insulation will probably work great in a newer home, but it won’t last forever. Depending on your insulation type, it will degrade over time. Have a professional inspect your current insulation to see how effective it is at the job.
If your insulation doesn’t work as well as it should, it makes sense to improve your insulation to make sure it works better.
Replace Your Windows
Do you have old single-pane windows with many cracks along the foundation? If so, they probably aren’t doing a great job. It’s easy for the elements to get into your home when your windows don’t create a sealed environment in your home.
New windows are expensive, but they can work wonders in reducing your power bills. On top of that, newer energy-efficient windows also look great and can improve the appeal of your rooms.
Upgrade Your Light Bulbs
Old fluorescent light bulbs aren’t very efficient. They use a lot of energy and die quicker than newer bulbs. If your home is full of these bulbs, you’re spending too much money lighting your home.
Energy-efficient bulbs like LED bulbs are much better at brightening your home. They cost more money upfront but use much less energy and will last a long time. You’ll eventually make your money back and can use LED customizations to create unique lighting environments in your home.
Use a Smart Thermostat
Do you have regular times when nobody is in the house during the day? If so, you probably use more power than necessary if you don’t adjust your thermostat. You don’t need a comfortable home if nobody is there to enjoy it.
A smart thermostat will help you in this situation. You can program your smart thermostat to change the temperature on a schedule. That means your home’s temperature will change when you leave and be back to normal by the time you get home.
As a result, your HVAC system will use less power when you aren’t home and save money on your power bill.
Switch to a Tankless Water Heater
A traditional water heater holds a water reservoir and keeps it hot at all times. While this is great if you constantly use hot water from several water faucets, it isn’t necessary for most people.
It costs a lot of energy to keep water heated all the time. You can save money by switching to a tankless water heater that only heats water when needed. You’ll find when you look for instantaneous water heaters that they aren’t too expensive, so it’s wise to make the switch sooner rather than later.
Upgrade Your Appliances
You’re using more energy than necessary if you use older appliances. There were no standards in the past that helped companies keep the energy use of appliances down.
That’s why the energy star rating was created. It’s a set of standards that appliance manufacturers follow that help them conserve energy with their products.
You don’t need to upgrade your appliances immediately, but you need to be smarter when upgrading appliances in the future. Limit your upgrade options to energy star products to ensure you have energy-efficient home appliances.
Put Shade in Your Hard
The more light hits your home, the faster it heats up in the summer. If you have no trees in your yard and are exposed to full sunlight, your AC will work overtime to keep your home cool.
Adding shade to your yard will help this problem. Small bushes are great at protecting your home in the latter part of the day. Keep them in the north to block the sun from entering your home.
Taller trees will work better when the sun is high during the day. They’re great on the east and west sides of your home.
Hang Your Laundry
A dryer is a great way to dry your laundry quickly, but it isn’t necessary. You don’t need a quick way to dry your clothes if you don’t immediately need them. And when a dryer uses a ton of energy when it’s in use, it makes sense to not use it if you don’t need a quick dry.
Most people will do fine with hanging their laundry in the sun to dry. You won’t be able to always hang your clothes because of the rain, but the amount of energy you save when you do will be worth the effort.
Create a More Energy-Efficient Home Today
Helping the environment isn’t the only reason to save energy at home. When you do your part to create a more energy-efficient home, you’ll save money on your power bills that you can spend on other things to improve your life. Start putting the tips above in place today to save money and do your part to help protect the world.
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Alex Grogoyan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in popular platforms such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.