Five Tips for a “Greener” Home

July 1, 2015 3:43 pm

685_3727663Has the record high summer heat your air conditioning to run more than usual? You might have a shock when you see your power bill! Take the opportunity to “go greener” in your home to reduce energy costs when it is time to replace items in your home. Having energy efficient homes and appliances not only affects the environment, but also affects your wallet.

Windows – If you have an older home with the original windows, it’s very likely that they are letting in drafts as well as UV rays. This combination makes the heating and cooling system in your home less effective and causes your power bill to be higher! When properly selected and installed, energy efficient windows can help minimize heating and cooling costs. Some options to consider when selecting energy efficient windows are multiple panes, low e windows and low conductivity frames. For more information about energy efficient window options click here.

Water Heaters – When it is time to replace your water heater, consider a tankless model. While the initial cost of a tankless water heater may be more than a traditional model, a tankless water heater provides hot water only as it is needed which saves water as well as energy. In fact, tankless water heaters are proven to be 24%-34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters.

Appliances – When upgrading your home appliances to energy efficient appliances, you can
ensure that you will not only enjoy the benefits of using less energy in your home, you will increase your homes value when you are ready to sell. Click here for a list of Energy Star lightbulbcertified home appliances.

Roofing – When it is time to replace your roof, consider shingles, which reflect more of the sun’s rays. Shingles will help repel the heat and reduce your cost of air conditioning in your home. In addition to saving energy, solar reflective shingles have been proven to last longer than traditional shingles because by reducing the extremes of temperature change likelihood of damage to roofing systems is also reduced.

Light Bulbs – Switching the light bulbs in your home from incandescent to energy saving
can make a tremendous difference in the energy efficiency of your bulbs. By replacing just one bulb, you are preventing the emission of over 400 pounds of greenhouse gasses. Many power companies will even provide you with energy efficient bulbs for free! Check with your local power company to see if they offer this service.

There are many things you can do to create a more environmentally healthy home that will not only help the planet but will also protect your wallet. For more ideas, visit energy.gov.

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