Warmer weather is finally here, along with the perfect opportunity to make your home more energy-efficient. Here are some expert-recommend energy-efficiency tips for your home this season!
1. Perform an Energy Audit
Before you can make any meaningful changes to your home's energy efficiency, knowing where you stand is essential. An energy audit will provide a detailed assessment of your home's energy usage and identify improvement areas. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends hiring a professional energy auditor to perform this service. They can provide a comprehensive report and specific recommendations tailored to your home.
2. Seal Air Leaks and Insulate Your Home
Sealing air leaks and insulating your home are two of the most effective ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs. According to the ENERGY STAR program, homeowners can save up to 15% on heating and cooling costs by sealing air leaks and adding insulation. Start by sealing gaps and cracks in your home's walls, windows, and doors, and then consider adding insulation to your attic, basement, or crawl spaces.
3. Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Lighting
Lighting accounts for about 12% of a typical residential utility bill, so upgrading to energy-efficient light bulbs can significantly affect your energy usage. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends replacing your home's most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with energy-efficient options, such as LED or CFL bulbs. These bulbs use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 times longer.
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save on your heating and cooling costs by allowing you to set your home's temperature based on your schedule. According to the ENERGY STAR program, a correctly set programmable thermostat can save you up to $180 per year in energy costs. Look for a thermostat with a user-friendly interface and the ability to set different schedules for weekdays and weekends.
5. Install Indoor Lights With Sensors
Installing indoor lights with motion sensors is an easy and cost-effective way to reduce energy usage. These lights will automatically turn on when they detect motion in a room, and turn off when no motion is detected. This helps you save energy by only having lights on when they are needed. Look for ENERGY STAR certified lighting fixtures for even greater energy savings.
6. Use Solar-Powered Outdoor Light Fixtures
If you're looking for an energy-efficient lighting solution for your outdoor space, look no further than solar-powered lights. Solar-powered lights are powered by the sun's energy, so you don't need to worry about using extra electricity from the grid. They are also long-lasting and easy to maintain, making them a great option for outdoor lighting. Enlist the help of an electrician to install the fixtures properly and safely.
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By following these energy-efficient tips, you can harness the power of spring and make your home more comfortable and cost-effective. Contact our
Village Electric team today at (978) 733-9593 to schedule an appointment or discuss your energy efficiency goals.