House energy-saving means you are using less energy to do the same jobs, reducing your home's energy waste and saving money. To effectively increase your energy efficiency involves more than just using less energy. Also it requires you to become aware of how energy is used, where it is wasted, and how it can be used more effectively and efficiently in everyday life.
Energy Saving Tips
So, now we know that saving energy makes financial and environmental sense. By updating your home appliances and following some common-sense practices, you can easily keep the planet healthy and significantly cut down your monthly cooling and heating and costs. In this article, based on decades of practices and successfully implemented projects of the Army of Builders’ team we are presenting some important energy-saving tips that will keep you from overheating when your next utility bill arrives:
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Try not to over adjust your thermostat. Good thermostat habits can save you up to 10 percent on your annual energy bill. During hot summer days, don’t crank your thermostat down thinking the house will cool faster. It won’t. Big adjustments can actually waste energy because you’re likely to reset the thermostat only after your house gets too cold. That extra energy the rapid cooling took was wasted. Instead, set the temperature to the desired setting and wait for it to cool. The same for heating. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your cooling/heating bill will be.
If you’re concerned about your thermostat use, you should also consider investing in a smart thermostat. The smart technology learns your heating and cooling behaviors and automatically adjusts room-specific temperatures to your ideal settings. Plus, smart home technology can decrease your energy consumption which can translate to lower utility bills by up to 15 percent.
Turn Down Your Water Heater Thermostat.
About 18 percent of the energy consumed in your home goes to heating your water. So adjusting your water tank thermostat down by only a few degrees can make a big difference. Aim for a set of 60°C (120°F) and add a mixing valve so the temperature at the tap does not scald you. Any temperatures lower than 60°C can cause a risk of Legionnaires disease. You can also save on hot water usage by installing low-flow showerheads or a thermostatic shut-off valve. If you’ve got a marathon shower taking teen, try a timer for your shower valve.
The second house energy-saving tip is to get double-paned windows. Your windows make up about 15-20% of your home’s surface. If they’re leaking air from cracks and gaps, you’re throwing money out the window. But even the best sealed single-pane windows have a low R-value. Double pane windows raise your R-value by creating an insulating air gap that blocks heat transfer.
Fix Leaking Ductwork The ductwork for your central air service distributes your hot and cool air throughout your home. If you have leaky or poorly insulated air ducts, your HVAC system is not capitalizing on its heating and cooling power. Hire a professional to do regular inspections and air duct cleanings to check for leaks and airflow. If you find any, seal them with caulking or metal foil tape and cover any exposed attic ductwork with insulation.
Sealed Chimney and Attic Insulation
Seal your chimney and add attic insulation. Sealed chimney and attic insulation is another prior energy-saving tip, so in the summer, make sure to close your chimney damper and that it is fully sealed off. Over time, heating and cooling can warp a chimney damper and affect how well it seals. If your damper is leaking, hire a professional to replace it or try an inflatable chimney balloon. When inflated, chimney balloons form a tight seal within your flue.
A good chunk of hot and cold air escapes through your home’s roof. You can stop it by adding insulation in your attic space. If your current insulation doesn’t meet the required R-value, consider adding more layers of batting type insulation. Or if you have loose-filled cellulose or fiberglass always be sure to hire a professional to get expert advice before doing the work.
Your central air unit cools your home by removing moisture. It takes less energy to cool your home with the right humidity levels. If your home is too humid, your cooling system will struggle to cool down the air and your rooms will feel stuffy and uncomfortable. Installing dehumidifier to your system will keep the relative humidity in your home between 30 percent and 45 percent.
Also instead of heating your home with large energy-using appliances, take advantage of the summer months to use the outdoors. Use the BBQ to cook instead of the oven or stove. Use wind power and a clothesline to dry your clothes. Turn off indoor lighting and open the drapes to brighten up your home with indirect sunlight.
Smartphones, laptops, game consoles, and chargers each use small amounts of electricity that together adds up to major electricity costs. Take advantage of “sleep” modes for your computer and TV. And turn these devices off when not in use. Set your TV’s display brightness to automatically adjust to the room’s brightness. Unplug charging electronics like your smartphone once fully charged because they can still use electricity even at full charge. Add motion sensors to exterior lights as long as your porch light and other exterior lights are all high energy users because they’re often left on for long periods. Install motion sensor lighting so they only work when needed and use high-efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs instead of incandescent ones.
You can save on heating and cooling costs by ensuring good ventilation throughout your home. During the summer months, proper ventilation moves hot air out of your attic, cooling your home. In the winter, proper ventilation keeps warm moist air from forming condensation and lowering the effectiveness of your insulation. Check with a professional to see if you have enough attic ventilation.
Newer HVAC systems are more efficient and can save you money because they cost less to operate. If your system is more than 17 years old, look into getting a newer, more efficient furnace or air conditioning unit. Ask about cold-climate, air-source heat pumps designed for spaces in your home that are hard to heat and cool.