There’s no such thrilling fact as being able to reduce your home’s energy consumption rate, saving more money in the long run. Albeit, before you dive full head to improving the energy efficiency of your home, you have to understand that it’s not just using lesser energy but transcends to being aware of how energy is used, and how it can be used more efficiently.
Information made available by the US Energy Administration has shown that the bulk amount of energy been used up in most homes is on utilities like the lighting, heating and other appliances. Although, it is more likely that the energy consumed depends wholesomely on the family size, but the role of home utilities can’t be written off. Below are RPM Premium’s top tips for you to improve the energy efficiency of your home, saving a huge chunk of monthly bills on energy. Enjoy!
It’s a no brainer that the appliances in the home have a huge influence on the amount of power consumed; with the heating and cooling appliances topping as the major energy-consuming, with approximately 20% of the total energy in households.
Shockingly enough, most homes still make use of old appliances; with no knowledge that these appliances consume much power compared to the newer models. If you have any home appliance that is relatively 10 to 15 years, you might want to dump it to the newer models. These new models are designed with the best technology and consume a far lesser amount of power. Always go for the energy-efficient models!
Most appliances that utilize the highest chunk of energy in homes are the air conditioner, refrigerators and freezers, washing machines, and dishwashers. You can opt to do your laundry or wash the dishes with hands or better still; only run the laundry when full.
Well, the question of how well insulated your home is should always pop up when you are seriously considering improving energy efficiency. Insulating your home will create a thermal barrier between the inside and outside; leading to a more controlled internal temperature. This will no doubt reduce the usage of the heating and cooling systems in your home. Newer homes are often well insulated, while houses built years ago are more likely to need an upgrade. However, whether your home is new or an old one, you should do well to ensure that it is properly air sealed and well insulated. If not properly insulated, consider hiring an expert, and you will reap the fruit in the long run.
Investing in LED bulbs and even CFLs in your home is a wise way to improve your home energy efficiency. These bulbs have proven to be more energy-efficient and last longer compared to the traditional incandescent light bulbs. The LED bulb can use nearly up to 25% electricity with a 50 times life span compared to the traditional incandescent bulbs. Try one out today.
The cost of running an air conditioner in your home could be so high, regardless of that, you have to maintain a proper ventilation system in your home. Installing fans (ceiling or any of the likes) throughout your home is an easy way to circulate air around your home, keep it cool and save much money that you would spend on air conditioning.
Doors, windows, and floors
Doors, windows, and floors are an easy and inexpensive way to manage the cost of energy. Curtains used offers aside from a great decoration in homes to being an extra insulating layer. For the door bottoms, opting for door sweeps is great for reducing the gap between the door and the floor. Double glazed windows are also quite feasible to be used as they have a high insulation capacity.
Floor types like carpet and rugs can retain heat, saving you much energy and money spent on energy bills.
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