Holiday season’s travel, parties and presents can empty your bank account. However, if you are planning to keep money in your pocket this New Year, you don’t have to deny yourself important things. Utilities and mortgages are a homeowner’s biggest expenses. When you make small adjustments and enhancements in your home, you can save a good amount of money and conserve energy in 2015. Here are 7 ways in which you can make your house energy efficient so that you can save extra:
Connect Your House
Preset your dishwasher and adjust your heating during low usage time to save as much energy as you can. Using smart thermostats can cut down the cost of your electricity bills by reducing cooling or heating when you need it least.
Continual monitoring of energy usage is also very important in ensuring that you cut down on the amount of energy you use every year. If you can’t buy your own thermostat then you should act as your thermostat by doing what’s necessary to lower the cost of energy. For example, you could turn down heat and air condition before going to bed or work.
Upgrade Your Appliances
Do you know that half of your home’s energy consumption comes from electronic appliances you plug in? If you are using old bulbs, it is important that you use energy saving bulbs. If it’s completely difficult for you to upgrade your appliances then take a look at how you are using the current appliances. Get rid of that back up refrigerator in your basement as it greatly contributes to the huge monthly electricity bill.
Even small appliances in your house use electricity on standby mode. So, unplug the coffee maker or toaster you never use and save more energy.
Tap the Energy of the Sun
Tapping the energy of the sun is practically the best way to go if you want to save on your electricity bills. To get the solar panel installed, you will need to contact a solar panel installation company or a company who will help you to find out best installation company by sending you solar quotes. The company will advise you on the best solar appliance you can use to save on electricity bills. Solar energy is completely free. The only expense you’ll need to take care of is buying and installing the panels in your home.
Plug Air Leaks
Air leaks in your home are a big addition to your expensive monthly energy charges. Check if there are crack and gaps on the interior and exterior. Weather strip, seal and caulk the leaks by yourself. If you don’t have much time or for a deeper look, seek the help of an expert to perform a blower door test and he will also be able to advise you if your home will benefit from improvements like fitting energy efficient windows or insulation. Preventing air leaks saves money on cooling, heating and also keeps you comfortable.
Use high performance windows, qualified window films and solar window screens to eliminate hot spots in your house. You should also install high performance screens, films and windows to protect artwork, wood, upholstery from UV rays while saving energy. You should also consider installing high performance windows with spectral selective and double glazing coatings that avoid cranking up your AC and reduce heat gain.
Cut on Water Usage
Toilets use the biggest sources of water usage in your house. It is important that you use low flush models to help you save gallons of water with every flush. Use a water sense certified toilet to cut down on your yearly expenses.
Using shades and blinds is a great way to keep the air and heat out of your home. Always remember to turn off the television and lights when leaving your house. This will dramatically lower your utility bills every year.
It is important that you reduce the strain on your AC by using reflective coating. This will decrease the amount of heat getting to your home thereby cutting down on your electricity bills. Reflective roofs reduce heat build up and prevent the contraction and expansion that damages the roof. You should also consider replacing your roof to protect the environment through energy efficiency.