Implementing some eco-friendly changes in your home will make a positive impact on the planet and help you save on energy bills. Fortunately, you don’t need to make expensive upgrades to live a little greener.
Wondering what the best eco-friendly upgrades are? From improving insulation to investing in window replacement, we will guide you through what it takes to make your home more energy-efficient.
Replace Inefficient Windows
An improperly sealed window allows heat and cool air to escape from your home during the winter and summer months. Over time, this problem wreaks havoc on your energy bills.
Windows can be repaired by servicing hardware such as latches, cranks, and locks; if you’re just looking to re-seal cracks, consider using weatherstripping or caulking.
Window replacement is essential if you believe caulking alone won’t fix the problem. Keep in mind that energy-efficient windows should have the following features: good air tightness, double- to quadruple-glazing, inert gas in the sealed unit, and insulated frames and sashes.
Stop Door Drafts
If your doors have any cracks or gaps, you will not be able to conserve energy. You can test for drafts by holding a lit candle around the door frames; if the flame flickers, you have a problem. Replace the weatherstripping for a temporary solution. The most effective weatherstripping for door frames is a V-shaped vinyl type—it will keep your door sealed even as it warps throughout the seasons.
If you find that your doors are too old and battered to be fixed, it is time to get in touch with experts for exterior door replacement.
Seal and Insulate Your Home
Walls account for roughly 20 percent of heat loss in a house. Keep in mind that depending on the type of wall you have, insulation techniques can differ.
For example, solid walls do not have a cavity that can be insulated. You can only add insulation to the exterior or the interior.
For concrete-block walls, professionals will usually seal all known air leakage routes and ensure that the top course of blocks is capped.
Frame walls are the easiest to insulate since they contain a cavity. However, it is best to hire a professional; frame walls contain multiple air spaces that, when insulated, block the drainage plane.
Use Smart Appliances
If you decide to upgrade your appliances, consider their energy efficiency. Of course, new appliances are more energy-efficient compared to old models. And while the most efficient ones may be more expensive, they will pay for themselves over time.
Smart devices also adjust themselves automatically when they are not in use. An example is a smart thermostat—most can be operated from an accompanying app. In this case, the appliance won’t run at times it shouldn’t.
Replace Incandescent Lights
Incandescent bulbs were phased out for a good reason—they are not energy efficient. Switch to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in order to save significantly on energy bills.
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