Making your home greener and energy-efficient not only benefits the environment but also saves you money on energy bills. Our Energy Smart New Homes are always designed and built with the highest quality and most energy efficient materials available, but if you are looking for areas where you can make your home even more green and energy-saving, start with these suggestions.
If you haven’t yet, replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting. LED bulbs use significantly less energy and last much longer. This is such a simple yet significant swap.
Ensure your home is well-insulated, including walls, attic, and windows. Gaps and cracks can develop near windows and doors as a home settles and ages. This can let drafts in. So, make sure to seal any gaps or cracks periodically to prevent drafts and heat loss.
A programmable thermostat allows you to set temperature schedules, optimizing heating and cooling efficiency when you're away or sleeping. This is a very DIY friendly swap that you can do on your own in an afternoon.
When replacing appliances, choose energy-efficient models with ENERGY STAR certification. These appliances consume less electricity and water.
Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, reducing standby energy loss compared to traditional water heaters with tanks. This is a great energy swap upgrade.
If you are beefing up your landscaping, you can utilize tree placement in order to regulate home temperature. Strategically plant shade trees around your home to block the sun's rays, reducing the need for air conditioning during hot months.
Another thing you can do is start a compost bin for organic kitchen waste, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and creating nutrient-rich soil for gardening.
Embrace the three Rs by reducing consumption, reusing items when possible, and recycling materials to minimize waste. This mindset change can make a big impact when it comes to waste reduction coming from your home.
Implementing these swaps and changes can make a significant difference in the energy efficiency and sustainability of your home. Many of these upgrades may also qualify for tax credits or incentives, making them even more financially appealing. Don’t forget to check with your local offices to see if any apply to you!
By Energy Smart New Homes 9-26-2023