ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES
In the world of rising energy costs , energy efficiency is important to today’s consumers. It is something that impacts the environment and hit’s the pocketbook , especially with the dramatic rise in energy costs.
How to make a home more energy efficient , it provides added comfort : warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It increases a homes value , as buyers are more likely to pay top dollar for well designed homes with small utility bills. It also represent s a cost savings to homeowners, as energy efficient homes are less costly to operate . And in turn, leaves a smaller carbon footprint.
The following list is a great start in reducing energy usage - and many of the upgrades are inexpensive and easy to implement.
1-CREATE NEW ENRGY CONSERVING HABITS
We can turn down the thermostat or install a programmable one. Also turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Use less hot water by washing clothes in cold. Try a clothesline instead of a dryer. Run dishwasher s only when full.
2- IMPROVE LIGTHING
Convert lighting to florescent or LED bulbs; Install sensors and timers to turn off lights when not needed.
3-INCREASE APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY
Replace refrigerators that were manufactured before 1993, as they use a considerable amount of energy , consider ENERGY STAR appliances , which are energy efficient.
Installing more insulation in attics, walls and floors is the best energy saving measure.
5-IMPROVE WINDOWS AND DOORS
Look into energy -efficient windows and doors to keep cold air out and warm air in.
6-IMPROVE HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS
Heating and cooling systems account for the utility expense ,look into energy efficient models.
7-SEAL AIR DUCT SYSTEMS
Sealing ducts prevents drafts, and prevents heat loss during the winter
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By Yasemin Candelen