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How To Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:58

Making your home more energy-efficient has a number of fantastic benefits - it reduces environmental harm, saves you money on utility bills, and can even increase the value of your property. Sustainable upgrades can also help to create a more comfortable living environment for you and your family. With this in mind, here are some useful ideas to make your home more energy-efficient.

Replace or upgrade your roof

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home as it protects you and your family from the elements and helps create a comfortable and safe living environment. However, roofs become worn over the years and can start to become less effective. Worn and damaged roofs, or those with minimal insulation, can allow heat to escape through the top of your home and cause cold drafts. This makes it more difficult to heat your home and maintain the ideal temperature. The color of your roof can also have an impact on how much energy your home uses. A darker roof will absorb heat and keep your home warmer, whereas light colored roofs reflect the sun’s rays and help keep your home cooler, making them ideal in hotter climates. Replacing or upgrading your roof can instantly make your home more energy-efficient and reduce your utility bills. If you’re interested in installing a new roof, offer plenty of useful advice on the benefits of upgrading your roof and what to expect if you decide to have a residential roofing replacement.

Switch to energy-efficient appliances

Switching to energy-efficient appliances is another effective way to instantly reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your utility bills. Replacing large appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines may seem expensive, but these costs should quickly be recovered through the energy-saving benefits. Having modern, energy-efficient appliances in your home is also likely to appeal to potential buyers and could increase the value of your property if you decide to sell in the future. Replacing any light bulbs in your home with energy-efficient versions is another quick and affordable way to reduce your energy usage. According to the U.S Department of Energy - “Replacing your home's five most frequently used light bulbs with ENERGY STAR models will save you around $75 per year.” You can purchase energy-efficient light bulbs in most home stores and replace them yourself, making this a simple way to save energy and lower your utility bills.

Adopt eco-friendly habits

Small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference to your carbon footprint and help you create a more sustainable living environment. Fortunately, there are many eco-friendly habits that you can adopt in your household, this includes:

  • Encouraging your family to get involved in your recycling efforts. Make sure that everyone knows how to prepare items for recycling and which bins to place items in.
  • Ensuring that all electronics are switched off from the wall when not in use.
  • Spending more time doing fun family activities that require less or no electricity. This could include - walks in the park, playing board games and reading books.

Listing Additional Info

  • State: California
  • Address: Avlon Park
  • City: Avlon
  • Zipcode: 08242
  • SOLD: no
  • MLS #: 4452639875
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