Conserving energy in your home benefits your wallet and the environment. Now, more than ever, people are looking for ways to minimize their carbon footprint and be more gentle with the Earth. Along with energy-saving behaviours such as taking shorter showers, being cautious of what time you should run appliances, turning lights off and unplugging unused electronics, there are some changes you can make to your home that will significantly cut your energy consumption.
So, if you’re ready to make some changes to improve your home’s energy efficiency, here are some tips for getting started.
- Installing or replacing HVAC systems with energy efficient systems. Electric baseboard heaters are inexpensive to purchase and replace, but their energy usage can really clean out your wallet, especially in colder months. If you already have an HVAC, making small changes to the system can improve efficiency at a relatively low cost. Regular maintenance and insulation can also go a long way to saving on your energy bills.
- Replace old appliances. While some older appliances seem to last forever, they suck up a lot of energy. Replace your old dryer, washer, refrigerator, stove and dishwasher to increase efficiency AND improve the aesthetics of your home. When shopping for new appliances, look for Energy Star certification.
- Install water-saving showerheads, faucets and toilets. These simple items could be increasing your water consumption by as much as 60%, and they can be replaced for a relatively low cost.
- Weather Proofing. Weatherstrip your doors or replace old weatherstripping to prevent airflow around the door.
- Replace attic insulation and sealing around the home. This could be a bit costly, but makes a big difference in regulating temperature in the home, making it easier to keep your home warm or cool.
- Replace old windows. Newer windows reduce airflow and therefore reduce heating and cooling, while adding a new, clean look to your home. If replacing windows isn’t in your budget, you can still reduce airflow by sealing up your windows with caulking in the meantime.
- Want to go above and beyond? Options like solar panels require a big upfront investment, but can generate clean energy for years, while also adding to your home’s resale value.
Ready to do your part for your wallet and the environment? Our associates at Over 55 Skills at Work are professionals who can help! Call (519)438-1111 or contact us and we would be glad to help you with a free quote on your project and help make your home more energy efficient.