As I am sure you have noticed, it’s been getting hotter and hotter! As summer heat rises so does the price of energy bills across the nation. It’s not cheap to stay comfortable in this heat. However, some quick home improvements geared towards being energy efficient, might not only save you money but help keep you cool while the sun rages outside.
According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, “Homes and commercial buildings consume 40% of the energy used in the United States. Of the $2,000 the average American spends paying for energy annually, $200 to $400 could be going to waste from drafts, air leaks around openings, and outdated heating and cooling systems.” This means you could be saving up to 20% of your energy bill by making your home more sustainable!
The first thing you should do when considering energy efficient upgrades is have an energy evaluation. Starting with an energy evaluation will help pinpoint where you consume most of your energy. From there, you can decide which upgrades will help you become more energy efficient. To get started visit on this process visit https://energy.gov/eere/why-energy-efficiency-upgrades
We have a few quick tips that to help you become more energy efficient at home:
· Install programmable thermostats so you can regulate your home better and save energy. Some thermostats even allow you to control and monitor system from your smart phone.
· Adding insulation will help keep your house a bit cooler in the summer and trap warm air in the winter.
· Upgrade your water heater to a more energy efficient one.
· Schedule regular maintenance or upgrade your cooling and heating system.
Seal any air leaks or duct systems which may not be insulated properly.Reference:
"Why Energy Efficiency Upgrades." Department of Energy. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 July 2017.