Home improvement to make the house look more appealing and more beautiful both in the exterior and interior is probably the most common reason why homeowners decide to plan for different home improvement projects. However, there are also home improvement projects that will not only make your house look new but be more energy efficient. This means saving money on your utility bills, especially on electricity. Here are some tips that you can try to make your home energy efficient.
- Proper insulation is key. Adding new insulation or using caulking and weather stripping would make a huge difference in terms keeping your home warm during winter and keeping your home cool during summer. Proper insulation would keep cold drafts of air that came in through the leaks of your windows or doors inside your house to keep it cool in the summer. Same thing goes with warm air during the winter. This means that you won’t have to spend so much on your heater or air conditioner in these seasons, saving money in the process.
- Say goodbye to your old appliances. Keeping your old appliances is a big no-no, especially when you want to save money on your electricity bill. More often than not, old appliances consume more energy than those that have just come out in the market. You may need to spend some money to buy new appliances, but in the long run, you will also be saving money because these new appliances are more energy efficient. If you still have your old refrigerator, which you bought 15 years ago, it is time to get rid of it and get a new one. For sure, you will be happier getting a new one not just because it is more energy efficient, but also it has more features and looks better than your old one.
- Use energy efficient lightings. If you currently are using incandescent bulbs in your home, it is time to consider replacing all of them or some of it to energy efficient lights. When buying these new bulbs, you may think that you are spending more on it because of its price tag. However, you will benefit from it because it lasts 8-12 times longer than the ones that you are using. This means that you won’t have to buy replacements as often with fluorescent bulbs. This, in turn, will save you some money, which you can use for other expenses.
- Upgrade your furnace. If you are living in a region where cold weather becomes second nature, having a furnace is a must. If you already have an existing furnace, you might want to consider upgrading it an energy-efficient furnace. High-efficiency furnace does not burn as much gas. It is also more environment-friendly because it does not emit as much carbon as the less efficient furnace. In addition to getting a high-efficiency furnace, you can add a programmable thermostat to your furnace. This will allow you to set a time for when your furnace should be off or on. This means that you can turn your furnace back on when you are back in your house, and turn it off when you are out of your house. Also cleaning air filters would be of great help. A clean air filter would make it easy for warm air to circulate inside your house making your furnace work for less.