Making a home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be expensive or involve a total remodel.  There are small changes you can implement to make better use of energy and lower costs. Heating and cooling a home is costly and uses a lot of energy, so it’s important first to make sure the home is sealed well insulated.  In the winter, heat can be lost through the attic if there are holes, or areas that are lacking insulation. In the summer, a well-insulated attic will help keep the heat out. Plug large holes or gaps in the attic framing with foam or caulk and cover with insulation.  Weather-stripping around doors also helps to seal the house from outdoor temperatures.

Watch the Thermostat

Simple adjustments to the thermostat can make a big impact in energy efficiency and bills. During older months, turn down your thermostat at night, and when away from the home. A programmable thermostat can reduce costs by automating these temperature changes.  Closing curtains at night can also help to insulate windows from the cold. During the summer, fans can help reduce dependency on air conditioning which uses more energy. Regularly replaced filters in the heating and cooling system help extend the life of the furnace and allow better distribution of air flow and temperature regulation. A well-sealed fireplace or pellet stove can also reduce furnace usage and reduce energy costs.

Smart usage of electronics and appliances will help to reduce electricity waste. Its important to unplug chargers when not in use.  Chargers continue to pull electricity from the outlet even when not connected to item that is powered. Computers should be turned off when not in use if possible, but at the very least the monitor should be powered off.  Laptops are more energy efficient than desktop computers.

Energy Savings in The Kitchen

When it comes to appliances such as refrigerators or freezers, they should be placed away from appliances which become hot like ovens or dish washers.  More energy must be spent to keep the refrigerator cool when it is warmed by other appliances, or even direct sunlight.

When possible substitute oven usage for the microwave, or a pressure cooker. These require less energy than heating the oven. If the oven is used, place food on the top shelf to cook as heat rises.  Even a simple action such as using lids on pots and pans helps to retain heat and cook food faster. In the laundry room, only wash full loads, and avoid high temperature settings when possible. Skip the dryer and hang or lay wet laundry flat to dry.  Change the dryer filter after every load to maintain efficiency.

A Look at Lighting

Another big draw on electricity in the average home is lighting. Replace incandescent light bulbs with newer technologies such as LED light bulbs or CFL light bulbs.  This simple change can reduce the energy used to light the home by 50-75 percent. These newer light bulbs also last much longer than a traditional bulb. Lighting controls such as an automatic timer can reduce lighting costs, by adjusting lights on a schedule and reducing waste.

These easy tips will help to increase the energy efficiency in your home, and result in lower costs and greater comfort.  Also remember to to check your roof to make sure you don’t have any leaks.  Call Armor Roofing today to get your free inspection.