by Nutan Brown
on Monday, August 8th, 2022 at 12:34pm.
Are you looking to lower your energy bill while protecting the environment? Here are 5 ways you can make your home more energy efficient.
Test Windows And Doors
You are wasting energy when heating or cooling your home without an airtight seal on the windows and doors. To avoid this, use caulking around frames, install or replace weather stripping, and add a door sweep. In colder months, applying exterior window film will increase efficiency even further.
Install A Clothesline
Since dryers can account for up to 6% of a home’s energy usage, installing a clothesline to air dry your clothes is a simple and effective energy saving solution. You can hang your clothes outside in warm months and inside to air dry during the winter when possible.
Get A Smart Thermostat
Getting a smart thermostat will help reduce your energy consumption by adjusting the temperature with your habits and preferences. For instance, if you usually turn the temperature down before bed, you can program a smart thermostat to start making that adjustment automatically. You can also control it from an app, whether you're at home or not.
Maintain Your Furnace
Newer furnaces use the least amount of energy, but even older models can made more efficient as well. Start by having it professionally serviced every year to make sure it is working properly and operating efficiently. Remember to replace the furnace filter every three months as it can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to if left unchanged.
Use Fans To Cool Rooms
When you need to cool down a single room, consider using a fan instead of turning up the air conditioning. You can use a standing fan or a ceiling fan if the room has one. This works particularly well for the night time, when the weather naturally cools down and fewer rooms are in use.