Green House: How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Making your home more energy efficient is not only good for the environment as a whole, but it is also good for your household budget. Both big and small, there are plenty of ways that you can do this. To start off with, you need to identify the areas of your home that you are using more energy than you need to. You can then start taking steps to reduce the cost impact that this is having. With new products and innovations coming out all the time, there are plenty of ways in which you can do this which we will talk more about here.

Add Insulation to Your Attic

 

The top of your house is where a lot of your heat is being lost, so adding insulation to your attic is the best way to reduce this loss. Most homeowners see this as a wise long-term investment to make that will save them money in the long-run. The amount of insulation that you will need to cover the attic obviously depends on the size of your home, as well as the climate in the region.

 

Install Solar Panels

 

If you are lucky enough to live in an area where the sun shines on a regular basis, installing solar panels will allow you to generate a lot of energy yourself. When it comes to energy efficiency solar is becoming increasingly popular for all kinds of homeowner. Promoting lower fossil fuel usage, they are likely to become a feature of more and more homes in the future, along with other types of renewable energy sources.

 

Replace Your Appliances with Energy Efficient Models

 

As we have already talked about, as advances continue in technology, new appliances are coming out all the time that are more energy efficient than their predecessors. Many of these appliances come in the kitchen and bathroom, allowing you to reduce your water and electricity usage. If you are still using a desktop computer, you could make the switch over to a laptop which uses around 80 percent less energy.

 

Seal All Windows

 

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Double glazing is probably a method that you already know about when it comes to making your home more energy efficient, but if you are looking for a more affordable alternative, then you could seal in air around the windows by adding some weatherstripping around the frames. You could also try adding some silicone caulk to cover up any drywall that is around your windows.

 

Lower Your Thermostat

 

There is a whole range of technology now on the market that allows you to control your thermostat from your smartphone so you can adjust your heating while you are on the go. Even if you don’t have one of these devices, you should make sure that you are adjusting the timing throughout the year so you are not heating up your home when you are not there. You can easily save yourself a decent chunk on your heating bills if you are watchful over your thermostat.  

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