It’s no secret that a home is the largest investment most people will make in their lifetime.
After all, it’s where you live and spend much of your time. And if you are looking to cut down on your energy bills, there are many things you can do to make your new home more energy efficient.
In this article, we will look at just a few of the ways you can make your new home more energy efficient.
1. Home Appliances and Heating and Cooling Equipment
Appliance Efficiency: Many of the home appliances we use every day – like our refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, or even our microwave oven – can make a big difference in your energy bills.
But what’s not so obvious is that there are also many newer, more efficient models on the market. And if you are in the market for new appliances, it can pay to consider these newer models with higher energy efficiency ratings when shopping for your next appliance.
2. Windows and Doors
Windows can account for as much as 25% of your home’s heating and cooling costs. So it makes sense to make sure that you get the most from the windows in your new home.
First, check each window for loose seals or broken panes of glass, which are easily overlooked during construction but can leave costly leaks. Also be sure that all of your windows are properly aligned.
Second, consider adding storm windows to your home. Storm windows can be a great way to help reduce heating and cooling costs and improve air quality in your new home.
3. Heating and Cooling Your Home
Most new homes are built with a forced-air heating/cooling system that is designed to heat or cool the entire house, including individual rooms. But if you want to save money on your energy bills, it’s important not to overuse this type of heating and cooling equipment. For instance, if it’s too cold in one room, close the vents or consider using a space heater instead.
Likewise, if you want to keep your home cool on a hot day but heat is leaking up from underneath the floor and making other rooms uncomfortably warm, simply closing heating registers can help reduce cooling costs.
4. Use Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a great way to keep your house cool without having to turn on the air conditioning. Even cooler, ceiling fans take much less electricity than an air conditioner. It’s best to use them in the winter as well, since they can help warm up a cold room more quickly than turning up the heat.
Solar energy uses are becoming increasingly popular, but they may not seem practical for your home. However, there are many benefits to going solar that might make it worth considering for your new house.
One of the biggest benefits to well-designed and properly maintained solar panels is that they can help you save on energy costs . In fact, the cost of solar energy has dropped considerably in recent years. And as new technologies develop, it’s likely that we will see even larger drops.
To wrap up, make sure that you take a look at your new home from an energy efficient standpoint. Go through the home and check for areas where air may be leaking out or in, as well as areas where heating and cooling equipment is being used unnecessarily.
Then use the tips mentioned above to help reduce your energy usage while living in your new home – so you can enjoy living there without having to worry about high energy bills.