Gone are the days that people are allowed to indulge in things that they like. With the planet
warming up and dwindling resources becoming an ever-increasing threat to humanity, we
must do what we can to ensure a viable future for the next generation and that means
conserving energy in any way we can, starting with our homes.
1. Adding insulation
The most cost-effective and simple way you can make your home a lot more energy efficient
is by adding more insulation. This is to prevent heat loss which naturally happens through
conduction especially in the colder months. By adding insulation, you slow the heat loss
thereby requiring only a tiny amount of energy to maintain the temperature of your home.
Proper insulation also means that it won’t take a lot of energy to warm up your home. The
same thing applies during the summer when you’re trying to cool your house. A well-
insulated house will retain its coolness far longer than those without any or subpar insulation.
2. Clean your HVAC
If you don’t know what an HVAC is, it stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
system that many homes utilize to regulate interior temperature. It’s become the industry
standard when it comes to the construction of new buildings. HVAC systems are expensive
and made to last for a long time. But just like any appliance, they will eventually break down
and will require repair and maintenance. One way to reduce energy costs for any home
would be to ensure that your HVAC is clean and running smoothly. Call a technician the
moment you notice problems with the system because if it’s left unattended, the problem
could worsen so much that it’ll require costly repairs or worst, full replacement.
3. Energy-efficient switches
We are going deeper and deeper into the 21st century and with that, we are seeing more
smart and intuitive technological advancements that are making our lives all the more
convenient. This is also true when it comes to home accessories and appliances. Appliances
are getting smarter and smarter, able to regulate its function to conserve energy as well as
having the capabilities to communicate their status to our phones. Smart switches, a spy
gear, are the latest trend and they help save a ton of energy. Look for the small and silicon-
made switches that run on chips. They automatically shut off when they sense the
electronics plugged into it is running without any purpose.
4. Smart thermostat
There are a number of ways a smart thermostat can save you a ton of money. One way is by
programming your thermostat correctly which can offer an energy saving of at least $200 per
year. Some of these Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats have the ability to learn your schedule and
preference and adjust the house temperature around it. For example, the hours of the day
that you’re away will mean it won’t spend as much energy trying to keep the house cool or
warm. The time that you’re scheduled to go home, the thermostat will start to increase (or
decrease) the temperature so it will be just right when you arrive.
5. LED light bulbs
We’ve all heard that LED light bulbs are the solution to cut costs on energy and help the
environment. These types of lights have a longer lifespan, are a lot more energy-efficient,
safe to use, and offer a wide range of color rendering index. And because LED lights are
generally smaller than traditional light bulbs, they’re easier to handle and require less energy
to power. LED lights are also known for their flexibility. They can be used indoors or
outdoors. They can be strung out in a linear fashion or combined with traditional light bulbs
for an amazing lighting effect.
6. Window shades
If you’re a fan of huge glass windows that let in natural light the whole day, then you might
want to consider installing blinds for days when the heat is just too much. In fact, consider
adding blinds or curtains to all your windows at home. Windows are notorious at letting cool
or warm air out. And if you have big glass windows, they can trap hot air inside pushing your
HVAC system to work even harder to cool the space. Blinds help to reduce energy
consumption by preventing excess heat from getting inside or allowing warm air from
escaping into the windows.
7. Low flow shower
Last on this list of energy-efficient tips for your house would be to install low-flow
showerheads and faucets. These nifty little devices are great at lowering your home’s water
consumption. There are two types of low-flow showerheads: laminar showerheads and
aerating showerheads. Laminar provides a steady stream of water while aerating heads mix
air and water. The common misconception, though, is that low-flow means low pressure
which isn’t actually accurate. Low-flow faucets offer the same force as regular ones. The
same goes for show heads.
Maria Brooks is a passionate blogger and informative content writer who loves to write about
home improvement, travel, health, and food. She is currently working with EyeSpySupply,
which offers a wide range of spy gear and tracking devices.