Are your energy bills a monthly reminder to make your home more energy efficient? By making certain energy-efficient updates you can not only save on your energy bills, but you can potentially boost the value of your home! Wondering how? It isn’t as hard as you may think! Check out our 6 tips for making your home energy-efficient.
1. Programmable Thermostat
According to the Department of Energy, “You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting,” Pre-schedule what you want the temperature of your home to be and when to add comfort, convenience, and efficiency to heating and cooling your home!
2. Energy-Efficient Appliances
These days, appliances use much less energy and water. Are you taking advantage of these updated models? If not, you should! In addition, energy-efficient appliances can increase the value of your home up to 6%.
3. Energy-Efficient Windows
For reasons similar to upgrading appliances, you should also consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows. They can help you save on utility costs and potentially increase your home’s value. These windows reduce the drafts and outside noise along with helping to insulate your house and block sunlight out (depending on the coating you choose, some block out sunlight more than others).
4. Add Insulation
Adding insulation to attics and crawlspaces can help you save significantly on your energy bills by reducing unwanted air leaks. Read more about the importance of attic insulation here.
5. Add Shade
Add natural sources of shade around your home by planting trees or shrubs. Not only will they help cool off your home in the summer, but they’ll add to your landscape too!
6. Go Tankless
The dream of having an endless supply of hot water can be a reality with a tankless water heater! Additionally, tankless hot water heaters eliminate the cost of keeping 40-50 gallons of water hot in a storage tank, saving the average family $100 or more a year. Want to know more? Read more in our blog, Go Tankless in 2017!
We’re Worth The Call
No matter which upgrade you choose for making your home energy-efficient, you can trust that The Bosworth Company can help! We’re worth the call and would be happy to tell you more about your options for energy-efficiency. Contact us today!