How To Build A Energy Efficient Home

Turning to energy efficient alternatives not only benefit the environment. It is also a decision that could save you hundreds of dollars a year. Whether it is something as major as installing solar panels to something as minor as switching off the lights for an hour, when you curtail from your normal energy consumption, you get to save both the planet and your wallet.

There is a number of steps you can take to improve energy savings of your home. Some modifications can be initially costly, yet the long term advantages are worth it and the upgrade is one time. Other energy saving steps can be done on a daily basis. For homeowners who plan on making the change, below are changes and practices to follow:

• Home energy audit. This is a service where the energy efficiency of a property is evaluated by an expert with the use of specialized equipment including blower doors and infrared cameras. At the end of the evaluation phase, the expert recommends the best means to increase efficiency in cooling and heating the property.

• Insulation. Add new or extra insulation to your walls, basement, and ceilings along with using the techniques of caulking and weather stripping to guarantee apertures are appropriately sealed. This will deter cold drafts and air leaks from entering the interior of the house during cold days.

• Replace old appliances. Older models are less power efficient as opposed to newer designs. Replace your old ones with appliances that are Energy Star certified. Over time, you can see a decline in your monthly electric bills.

• Switch your lights. While compact fluorescent bulbs are more expensive, the long term result is sizable savings. This is due to the fact that fluorescent light bulbs are more durable compared to incandescent bulbs. In fact, fluorescent bulbs last up to 12 times the lifespan of incandescent ones.

• Repair the furnace. There are tons of things you can do to improve the efficiency of your furnace. This includes getting a newer model that burns less gas and generates less carbon emissions. Seal ducts and replace air filters regularly.

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