Making your home more energy efficient is easier than it sounds. All you need is a bit of careful planning, access to the right equipment (nothing too fancy!) and you’ll be able to save on your energy bills. It’s good for the planet and for your pocket. A win-win. So what exactly does it take to make a home more energy efficient?
Let’s deep dive into the following proven and tested strategies that you should know about.
Conduct an Energy Audit
First things first: you have to identify areas in your home that are wasting too much energy and need improvement. This is done by an energy audit. You could forego this huge step and buy an expensive
new cooling or heating system, but a simple energy audit will save you money years into the future and may even raise the value of your home.
Most energy audits are performed for a nominal fee and never break the bank. They will provide you with an in-depth analysis of your home’s energy systems and how they work together. They will use equipment such as infrared cameras, surface thermometers, and blower doors to find inefficiencies that may not be obvious to the untrained eye. Finally, they will give you their recommendations for cost-effective improvements that are aligned with comfort and safety.
Weatherize Your Home
You can weatherize your home and save your heating bills considerably. Here’s a quick rundown of the main culprits that make your heating and cooling equipment less efficient:
Door sweeps: Did you know that tiny gaps around your door lets in as much air inside as an open window? You don’t need an energy auditor to tell you that this will waste your energy. You can easily fix this problem by using a door sweep – they’re easy and cheap.
Door and Window Weatherproofing: Another affordable weatherproofing method is to seal your windows and doors. How can you tell that you need weatherproofing? Simple, if you can insert your fingernail into the gap between the window frame and window, you need weatherproofing. Our favorite solution is to use weather-stripping. This neat and handy tool prevents heat loss, mold, and also improves air quality. It can also keep the creepy crawlies out of your house.
Sealing Gaps and Cracks: Make sure to seal any gaps and cracks around your windows. This is also easy to do with caulk and foam sealants. These items will improve home insulation and is an essential step in home weatherization.
Use Google’s Nest Thermostat
Tap into the energy savings made only possible by Internet of Things (IoT) technology with Google’s very own Nest Thermostat. This thermostat allows you to monitor and control your HVAC systems using just an app. Nest basically gives you a visual bird’s eye view of your energy processes. It also lets you set custom temperature at different times on different days.
It uses motion sensing and your phone’s location to check if you’ve left your hose and automatically set the home to Eco temperature so you’re not wasting time when you’re not there.
To top it all off, Nest gives you details on your energy savings. It’s relatively easy to set up and use.