Whether you want to help improve the planet or simply cut back on your electricity bill, there are plenty of good reasons to improve your home’s energy consumption. Luckily, there are also plenty of ways to make this change that don’t require a total renovation of your home. Here are some ways to make your home more energy efficient.
Switch Out Your Bulbs
A large part of increasing your home’s energy efficiency is upgrading old and outdated technology and systems with newer and improved versions. For instance, LED light bulbs are a fantastic upgrade to your home because they consume so little energy and produce so little heat. The only reason they’re not the standard is that most people simply aren’t aware of how much better they are—to some, they’re just those weird, wacky, swirly bulbs.
Improve Your Heating System
Another good way to make your home more energy efficient is to improve your home’s heating system. Many older homes were created with central heating or radiators. Baseboard heaters are most beneficial because they can either replace your older heating system or supplement it to better heat a room while using less electricity. As opposed to a radiator or central heating system that depends on the heat radiating out from a single point, baseboard heaters line the room for a more even and quicker heat distribution.
Leverage the Sun
The sun’s greatest gifts to your home are natural lighting and natural heating. Before turning on any lights within your home, see if you can opt to open any blinds instead and allow the sun to do the work instead. Lighter wall colors are conducive to reflecting light and making the room seem much brighter. When the temperature starts to cool down, you can trap the heat in your home by keeping your home open in the morning and then closing the windows to trap the heat in.
On the other side of the spectrum, during the summer, you can reduce the temperature of your home by simply keeping the blinds closed instead of leaning on your air conditioner.
Seal Up the Home
One of the largest wastes of energy comes from cracks and openings in the home that allow heat and cool air to escape, making it difficult to properly control the temperature without having to work your heating and cooling systems even harder. Thoroughly inspecting and sealing up little openings in the home or adding more insulation can do wonders for avoiding wasting energy and will be reflected in your electricity bill.