We hear the term “energy efficient” tossed around and we see certain products branded with an “energy efficient” stamp, but what does energy efficient actually mean? Energy efficiency means eliminating the ways your home wastes energy and getting the most use out of each unit of energy you purchase. Not only will this make your home more safe and comfortable, but it can also save you money. Find out what small changes you can make to create an energy efficient home. Don’t worry, it isn’t as hard as you may think!
- Install low-flow showerheads and low-flow aerators on the faucets
- Buy the right size water heater to fit your needs (or consider tankless)
- Turn down the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.
- Fix leaky water faucets
- Wash and dry only full loads
- Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every use
- In washers, use high-speed spin cycles
- Choose Energy Star machines
- Turn off the lights after leaving the room
- Buy Energy Star light fixtures and lamps
- Keep lights clean (dust cuts light output by 25%!)
- Switch to LED light bulbs
- Turn off the TV when no one is watching
- Unplug chargers when not in use or when done charging
- Use window coverings (closed in the summer, open in the winter)
- Weather-strip windows
- Install a programmable thermostat (save up to $150 a year!)
- Check and replace filters regularly
- Be sure air vents aren’t blocked by furniture
- Have a professional inspect your system annually
Implementing the tips above will ultimately help you create an energy efficient home! A few small changes here and there will make your home safer, more comfortable and can keep money in your pocket. Who doesn’t want that? For other tips like these, follow our boards on Pinterest!