How to Improve Energy Efficiency in Your Home
by Angela Alupoaie
Energy efficiency is both beneficial for the environment as well as your wallet, so why not try to reduce your energy bill and usage with a couple easy steps?
Most of us are aware of the common and most recommended ways to save energy, such as using compact fluorescent light bulbs and purchasing Energy Star appliances for your home. Though these purchases are still energy efficient, some may be outdated. Everyone could use a friendly reminder about up-to-date energy efficiency options, so let’s look at two that are relevant to us in 2014.
Lighting: Changing your light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFL) has been one of the more common energy saving practices. However, it seems to be a little outdated with the LED light bulbs shining their way to the top. The reason for this is that CFL bulbs contain mercury and take a while to warm up and shine to their full potential, while LED lights provide their full brightness immediately upon being turned on, contain no mercury, no heat build-up, and can last up to 50,000 hours (or 10x) longer than incandescent and CFL bulbs. LED lighting is a great option if you’re looking to replace some old fluorescent light bulbs around the house.
Keeping Cool: During hot summer days, electricity bills can sky rocket just from using your air conditioning. For those who are fortunate enough to have cooler nights, a whole house fan could save your wallet. By turning it on, and opening up a few windows, cool air from the outside will be sucked in to the house while the hot air gets pushed out. It instantly cools the house down after just a few minutes of usage, and doesn’t have to remain on all the time like the air conditioning.
When using air conditioning, consider leaving your unit on “auto” so that it is not continuously running. If you’re looking into purchasing a new air conditioning unit, purchasing an Energy Star unit is the best choice. Make sure when you are using the air conditioning, all windows are closed and properly sealed so that you can minimize the amount of cool air leaving the home. Open up all the interior doors throughout the home so proper circulation of the cool air can flow from room to room.
These tips will help you save and cool down the home faster. There are many ways you can maintain a more energy efficient home. What tips have you heard for improving energy efficiency? Leave us a comment!