Do you want to lower your energy bills?
Do you want your home to be warmer, or cooler depending on the weather?
Do you think that you could do better for the Planet? Or that you are not using the home technology as you should?
If you recognize yourself in even one of these lines, it’s obvious that you are thinking about home efficiency.
This also means that you should think about some changes that you can implement easily, safely, and on a budget. Because let’s be honest – we all know that home-related upgrades can be pricey, and not spending too much is always a plus.
Let’s see how you can make eco-friendly changes in your home and make your house more energy-efficient.
Lower Your Thermostat
This may sound too obvious, but you will be surprised to learn that many overlook this step. Lowering the temperature is a matter of habit.
When you are not at home, make your home temperature lower. Are you working from an office? If so, make sure that you lower your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees to save energy. This simple habit can save you from 5-15% per year of bills.
Are Your Doors Energy-Efficient?
Sliding doors serve as great efficient insulators. Their main purpose is to keep your home warm in the winter days and cool during the summer hot days and nights.
To provide thermal insulation, sliding doors are usually filled with certain materials.
When it comes to installing the best sliding doors you should always focus on doors with the best thermal isolation – this way you will get sliding doors with strong energy-efficient features, including better soundproofing.
Plus, great sliding doors are designed to be powerful, to be impact resistant, and overall quiet and smooth.
Seal All Windows
When it comes to home energy efficiency, it all comes down to doors and windows.
Simple window leaks can affect your energy bills tremendously. Double-check your windows and seal all the air leaks. Do that in every room.
Double-check windows in rooms where you spend the most time, such as the living room.
A simple dot of silicone caulk over any size crack should serve. Overall, sealing gaps and cracks is an inexpensive way to keep your energy cost minimal.
Ten Fast Tips On Making Your Home More Energy Efficient
- Replace bulbs
- Turn off unnecessary water
- Unplug all unused chargers such as cell phone and battery chargers
- Don’t use too much hot water
- Insulate your attic
- Install a storm door
- If possible, always buy energy star products
- Use ceiling fan
- Clean large appliances
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Invest in an energy audit
- Dress for the weather
- Use dishwashers at night
- If needed replace your windows and doors
- Don’t leave your electronics on all day long
- Always check doors and windows for draught-proofing
- Check daily heating controls
- Use LED bulbs
- Install a clothesline
- If possible install solar panels
Pro tip: Last but not least, turn off the lights when they are not in use.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan 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 prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.