Energy Efficiency

Easy Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Most homeowners are consistently looking for ways to save money on monthly expenses and utility costs. Increasing energy efficiency is one way to do so.

Sometimes making your home more energy efficient takes a bit of investment. For instance, installing new high efficiency appliances or replacing old windows can save you money in the long run, but are home improvement projects that tend to cost a lot up front.

But not all home improvements to improve energy efficiency have to cost a small fortune. There are a number of easy, inexpensive ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency as well!

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Here are six easy and inexpensive ways you can reduce energy use in your home.

1. Put Lights on Timers

Are you guilty of accidentally leaving lights on all the time? Are there certain lights that your family members just can’t seem to remember to turn off? Do you prefer to leave a light on at night when you aren’t home?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then putting household lights on timers might be an especially good idea for you! Using timers ensures that lights are not left on, and don’t remain on for longer than they should even if you do forget to turn them off. Timers are inexpensive and can help to reduce the amount of energy you use to light your home on a regular basis.

2. Install a Clothesline

Over the past decade, washers and dryers have become increasingly energy efficient. Still, running them can be costly, especially if you do laundry frequently.

Clotheslines are a great alternative to electric dryers. Though they are a bit ‘old-school,’ backyard clotheslines are a great way to dry your clothes without utilizing any energy. While it may not be feasible to dry your clothing outside on the line all the time, even slightly reducing the number of laundry loads you run through the dryer can make a difference in your energy usage.

3. Replace Old Light Bulbs

Newer light bulbs are designed to last longer and operate using less energy. Though they are a bit more expensive than traditional light bulbs, they are typically worth the investment if you’re looking to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

Don’t want to spend the money to replace all your light bulbs at once? Just replace bulbs as they go out and eventually, you’ll have upgraded all of the light bulbs in your home!

4. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are a great way to ensure you’re not using extra energy to heat your home. These thermostats can be programmed to adjust the temperature of your home automatically. You can have the heat turned down during the day while you’re at work or during the night when you are sleeping, without having to remember to turn it back up when you’re around the house.

These are becoming increasingly common in homes and, if your home does not already have one, there are plenty of affordable options to choose from if you’d like to install one yourself.

5. Seal Cracks Around Doors and Windows

You may be doing everything you can to heat your home efficiently, but cracks and gaps in your windows and doorways may be letting heat escape. As a result, your heating equipment may be running more than it should have to.

In most cases, all it takes to close up these cracks and gaps is some caulk or sealant that you can find at your local hardware store. Taking care of the small cracks is an inexpensive way to increase efficiency when it comes to heating your home.

6. Try Thermal Curtains

Thermal curtains are both fashionable and functional. They are designed to look nice in your home, and to help conserve energy. If you’re thinking of replacing your existing curtains or you are looking for a way to reduce your home’s heat loss, thermal curtains are a great option.

When the curtains are closed, they help to prevent cold air from entering the home through windowpanes while keeping the heat within your home from escaping. They are another easy and inexpensive way to help increase your home’s energy efficiency.

Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

If you don’t have a large budget when it comes to home improvement projects and updates to increase efficiency, don’t worry! There are a variety of ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency without breaking the bank.

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