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Having a more energy efficient home doesn’t have to be something super difficult or expensive for you to pursue. Creating a more energy efficient home is fairly easy these days, especially if you start off with small changes before moving on to ‘bigger ticket items’ that can save you more money and make a bigger impact. Who wouldn’t want to help the planet and save money at the same time? It’s a no brainer!
Read on for our easy guide to a more energy efficient home:
Insulate Your Attic
Adding insulation to your attic is the best way to seal air leaks and improve your home’s heating and cooling costs. The amount you need to cover your attic will depend on where you are and the size of your home, but the average cost is usually around $1,356. Millions are wasted each year pumping extra heat into homes that escaped through the roof. You could save around $200 per year by doing this.
Hang Thicker Curtains
Hanging thicker curtains is a really simple solution to your insulation problems. All you have to do is select curtains suited to your home, decor, and climate, and ensure you have the right measurements (it’s a good idea to check them over three times before ordering). In no time you can stop that excess heat from escaping!
Install A Low Flow Shower Head
This will improve the water efficiency of your home, as these heads have a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute), while most conventional shower heads use 5 gallons per minute.
Switch To A Cheaper Energy Supplier
Another really easy option: switching to a cheaper energy supplier. You should be comparing deals and looking to switch over each year, and more often than not you’ll find a better deal. Once you’ve found it, all you have to do is call up your supplier and explain. The rest will be done by the company you are with and the new supplier.
Fix Your Roof
Make sure there’s nothing wrong with your roof, or you could be losing a ton of heat. Having things like Tamko shingles installed can make your roof even more energy efficient! The roof is a crucial element of any energy efficient home.
Lower Your Thermostat
By simply lowering your thermostat a degree or two, you could save 5%-15% every year. Of course, there are other things you can do, too; throw on a jumper before putting on the heating, and consider having an automatic thermostat installed so that only certain rooms are heated or so that the heating comes on when you need it.
Have Solar Panels Installed
No, this isn’t a cheap option, but it’s definitely a big ticket option that could save you a substantial amount of cash when you look at it over the long term. As well as saving you money in the long run, you’ll promote lower fossil fuel usage when you have solar panels installed and this can help you qualify for annual tax incentives.