Thursday, April 30, 2015 / by Matt Chase
Improving your homes energy efficiency sooner rather than later will really help you reap the benefits and savings. This is especially important with the hotter weather of spring and summer coming upon us. With a few of these simple fixes, you could reduce your homes heating and cooling bills up to 30%. Some of these fixes take hardly any work, other require a few materials and some time.
Insulation is a very easy fix when it comes to improving your homes energy efficiency. Insulating various things around your house can help you save money as well as reduce CO2 emissions. Sealing your heating and cooling ducts to prevent loss of heat and cool air in the winter and summer months. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat is also a great way to save money as well as making your home energy efficient. A programmable thermostat will give a homeowner a more accurate temperature reading. The ability to also control times while at work or on vacation will help you save money as well. A homeowner should check for adequate insulation in ceiling and walls as well.
Electricity and lighting can also be a great way to make your home more energy efficient. Replacing old bulbs with energy efficient lighting and installing outdoor solar lighting is one way to brighten up your home while reducing energy. Ceiling fans will ultimately save you money by circulating hot and cold air during applicable months. Although a very small and inexpensive change, installing foam behind light switches is a great way to lessen the loss of hot and cool air within your home.
Doors and windows should have caulk applied and weather stripping put around them. Also, if you have an attic it is very important to insulate your attic door and install weather stripping. This is important because most attics are not insulated nor regulated by temperature. Another easy fix around the home is to fix dripping faucets.
These few but generally simple fixes will help get your home into top working shape as well as reduce your energy bill while saving you money. If you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home, contact us here or call us at 440- 452- 2000.