Are you looking to save some money by reducing the amount of energy you are expending? Or perhaps you are simply looking to change your home to becoming greener and eco-friendlier.
Either way, here are some simple switches for making energy-efficient homes that you can implement without losing the comfort you already enjoy.
- LED light bulbs. Switching out traditional incandescent bulbs for LED bulbs is quick and budget-friendly. While the cost upfront may be a bit more, LED bulbs last much longer, more than making up for their cost in long-term savings.
- Low-Flow Showerheads. This easy alteration can decrease shower water usage by fifty percent without a noticeable change in the water pressure you enjoy. Low-flow shower heads come in a variety of styles and colors for you to choose from.
- Thermostat adjustment. Lowering the temperature on your thermostat just a few degrees during the winter at peak energy hours can lower your energy usage and, thus, your monthly utility bill. Likewise, raising the temperature during the summer can have a similar effect.
- Appliances. If you are in the market for a new appliance, be sure to look for ENERGY STAR appliances. You can save energy and money whenever you run the dishwasher or wash a load of laundry!
- Solar Panels. Once installed, solar panels are low maintenance and are extremely helpful in making energy-efficient homes. The initial cost may put you off, but rest assured that solar panels have a high return on investment.
- Proper Insulation. Insulation is what keeps your home comfortable in spite of the ever-changing weather. Checking attic spaces, walls, and floor joists for proper insulation depths will aid you in keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Energy-efficient homes are becoming increasingly popular. Give us a call at Smith & Company Custom Homes & Remodeling to learn more about how to update your home.