People all over the world are looking for ways that they can help the environment and for good reason. We only have one Earth, and we need to take care of it for ourselves and generations to come. One way to lessen your negative impact on the environment is to focus on energy efficiency. This means using less energy to do the same thing. Having an energy-efficient home not only helps the environment; it can also save you money in the long run. Here are three tips on how to make your home more energy-efficient.
1. Install energy-efficient windows
One thing you can do either when building or renovating a house is to install energy-efficient windows. These windows help regulate the temperature inside your house by blocking out more of the sun. Their energy efficiency is due to the material they are made of: low-emissivity glass also known as Low-E glass. Windows made from this special glass block up to 90 percent of the sun’s rays. This keeps your home cooler in the summer by blocking out the heat, and warmer in the winter by locking in the heat. This can help you save money, as your heating and AC won’t have to work as hard. Some energy-efficient windows use tints or reflective coatings to achieve this same effect without special glass. Research options to find the best windows for your home.
2. Change your lightbulbs
Different types of lightbulbs use different amounts of energy. The best bulbs for energy efficiency are LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps). There is some dispute over which of these is actually better. LEDs last longer and will, therefore, save you money in the long run. However, CFLs are cheaper to buy in the first place. While CFLs use 25 to 35 percent less energy than a regular incandescent lightbulb, LEDs use up to 75 percent less energy. LEDs emit a blue-white light that some people find too harsh and cold for their homes. It is really up to the individual which lightbulb to choose for energy efficiency. You can always use natural light whenever possible and turn off unnecessary lights to save even more energy.
3. Keep your appliances clean and updated
Old and run-down appliances can cause a huge drain on energy efficiency. For example, modern dishwashers use an average of five or six gallons of water per cycle, while older dishwashers use up to 10 gallons. Ice buildup in a freezer or fridge can make it less efficient, using more energy to do the same work. Even something as simple as cleaning filters and turning off unused appliances can help to make your home more energy-efficient.
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If you are looking to build or remodel your home, consider Eakman Construction. They can help you bring your dreams to life, whether that means energy efficiency or customization. Visit them online to learn more.