Making your home energy efficient will save you a lot of heating, cooling and electricity costs. Be that as it may, these are not by any means the only reasons why you ought to attempt to have an energy efficient home. There are many financial incentives like tax breaks that come with such home improvements. An energy efficient home also reduces your impact on climate change and also reduces pollution. You will also improve your comfort levels while indoors. The question is, how do you improve energy efficiency in your home? Here’s how.
Use renewable technology
You can install renewable technology to generate the energy you require to run your home. This type of technology, also known as low-carbon technology or micro-generation will reduce your carbon footprint. It is mainly generated from natural resources such as the wind and sun. Biomass, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, solar water heating, and thermal stores are some of the options you can explore.
Seal and insulate your home
Insulating your home will help maximize the savings on your energy bills. Insulate the roof, loft, walls, floors, pipes and radiators. During the night, draw the curtains over the window to insulate the house further. If you insulate your home, you will also improve the air quality indoors making your home more comfortable. Getting an energy auditor will help assess and recommend the places to seal and insulate.
Invest in a good heating system
Get efficient and a cost effective heating system to reduce your fuel costs. A tankless or instantaneous water heaters are excellent choices as the hot water is provided only when needed. An electric element, or in some cases a gas burner, heats water in the unit thus delivering constant hot water supply. These water heaters will save you some energy costs and also time.
There are many tricks to save water in your home. These include among others, installing water efficient shower heads, low flow taps, flow tap aerators and regulators, and using water-efficient appliances. Making efforts to save water will reduce not only your energy costs but also your carbon footprint and overall impact on your environment.
Get an efficient lighting system
Replace the incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) which can reduce your lighting energy requirement by up to 75%. Also, consider installing daylighting as an alternative to the traditional electrical lighting. Ensure the switches are located conveniently to allow you to turn off the lights when you don’t require them.
Always choose home appliances with the best energy ratings to reduce your power consumption. The size of the appliance also matters so take that into consideration too. Do not leave your appliances on standby as that will cost you money.
Making you home energy efficient is very easy ad worth the effort. You can enlist the help of a home energy auditor to make it even easier. The inspector can also guide you on how even further to improve your energy efficiency, especially in the long term.