Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Category: Posted on: 05/30/13 5:07 PM

Solar panels on top of a roof.

Improving your home’s energy efficiency will help you save money on your energy bills this summer. You don’t have to invest huge sums of money or time to make some easy improvements to your home. Even basic upgrades, such as new weather stripping, can make a big difference when your energy bills arrive.

Replacing Your Windows & Doors

If your home still has old and drafty windows, your air conditioner’s cool air will quickly escape your house, leaving your family feeling hot, sticky and uncomfortable. Installing replacement windows and doors will improve your home’s energy efficiency; while replacing the windows, you can seal up cracks or openings in the window frame as well. Replacing doors that connect the interior and exterior of your home will help fix the draft that can sneak in underneath a doorframe.

Now is a great time to take advantage of discounts on replacement windows and doors. Plan your replacement installation for a weekend that you are on vacation to avoid any inconveniences for you.

Install New Weather Stripping

Weather stripping will help you keep cold air out during the winter and hot air out during the summer. Look for any daylight peeking through the cracks between your doors and windows. If you can see light through a crack, you need to install weather stripping. This simple task is easy to finish in a weekend, even if you don’t have home improvement experience.

Install Solar Shingles

Replacing your old shingles with solar shingles can help you generate your own electricity and reduce your energy costs. Although installing these high-tech shingles does cost you money and time upfront, your investment will pay off after a few years, especially if you live in an area that receives lots of sunlight.

Install Ceiling Fans

If you want to reduce your dependence on your air conditioner during the summer, install some ceiling fans throughout your home. Ceiling fans push air back down towards the floor, making the indoor temperature feel more bearable. However, remember that fans only circulate the air already in your home; ceiling fans can’t cool the air by themselves.

Change Air Conditioner Filters

Dirty air conditioner filters force your air conditioner to work harder than it should. If your air conditioner has to work extra hard, it will not cool your home efficiently and may even break down more frequently. If you don’t want to pay for new filters, you can opt to clean the old filters with a rag or vacuum. Regular cleaning and filter changes will also prevent dirt and debris from getting stuck to the moving parts inside the air conditioner.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Letting your air conditioner run all day and night in the summer will lead to some astronomical electricity bills. A programmable thermostat can control your air conditioner so that it only runs when you really need it. For example, you can set the thermostat to let the indoor air climb to 85 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re at work. If you program the thermostat correctly, it will turn your air conditioner on in time to return your home to a comfortable temperature before you come home. You can also program the thermostat to let the air conditioner run less often while you’re sleeping. You don’t need a high-end thermostat to accomplish this goal; if the thermostat has a basic timer function, you can use it to fine-tune your indoor temperatures and save money on your energy bills.

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