5 Tips for Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Making your home more energy efficient means helping the environment, oftentimes while saving money. There are many ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency, from quick touch-ups to installations.

Below are 5 of the best ways to creating an energy-saving house. 

  1. Insulate: Make sure your house is properly sealed to prevent air leaking in, or out of your home. This will reduce the amount of energy you use on heating and cooling.
    1. The most common areas of air leakage are the seams between the top of the foundation wall and the wood framing—this includes the framing above and around both doors and windows. Another common leakage point is along baseboards, around fireplaces, laundry chutes, and any electrical outlets located on exterior walls. Locate and seal as many of these leakage points as possible.
    2. Another way to improve your home’s insulation is caulking the exterior. Take the time to caulk all the exterior cracks and gaps around doors and windows. Even the smallest openings add up and can make quite the difference.
  2. Install a programmable thermostat: Turning the heat or A/C off (or down) while you’re away is a great way to conserve energy. Consider installing a thermostat that allows you to program the time of day when you want the heat or air conditioning to be lower/higher or on/off.
  3. Compact Fluorescent light bulbs: You don’t need to replace all of the light bulbs in your home—just swapping out 5-10 light bulbs for CFL bulbs can save both money and energy. CFL bulbs usually last about six times as a long, and use a quarter of the energy of a regular light bulb.
  4. Change your filters regularly: Remember to change the filter on your air conditioner and heating unit regularly—this will make sure it runs efficiently at all times.
    1. Also do a thorough check of your home to make sure there is no furniture or rugs covering any air vents. This will maximize the airflow in your home and your home will be able to heat up or cool down quicker.
  5. Fans: Installing ceiling fans in rooms throughout your home will help circulate the air, and cut down air conditioner use.
    1. An attic fan can also reduce your energy bill—the fan allows for proper ventilation in your attic and lowers the heat-build up significantly.

Improving your home’s energy efficiency is a simple way to cut costs and your energy footprint. If you choose to do any installations, make sure you hire a professional. Call Hiller-Electric at (402) 339-0524 for any energy saving services, or if you have any further questions about how to make your home more energy efficient.

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