Lower Your Energy Bills
Energy efficiency is a priority for many homeowners, as it will lower heating and cooling bills, decrease electricity usage, and help the environment. There are many different ways to boost energy efficiency. Here are some simple steps to get started at your house.
Invest in a Tankless Water Heater
Your water heater uses a surprising amount of energy; it works around the clock to maintain the temperature of the tank of hot water, so it’s ready for you to use at any moment. To boost energy efficiency, invest in a tankless water heater. Instead of heating throughout the day, these units work rapidly to warm water only as needed.
Use Ceiling Fans to Boost Energy Efficiency
Many homeowners use ceiling fans during the summer, but they can help make your home more energy-efficient during the winter, too. Reverse the direction of the ceiling fans, so they push warm air down from the ceiling to recirculate within the room. If you have not reversed your fans, use a stepladder to access the fan’s base for a switch that will change the direction of the blades.
Examine the Ductwork
Your air conditioner and furnace might be in excellent condition, but if your ductwork has gaps and cracks, temperature-controlled air can leak out. Many homeowners experience energy loss due to the ductwork being improperly installed or in poor condition. Hire a contractor to inspect the heating and cooling ducts to see if they should be sealed to make your home more energy-efficient and reduce energy loss.
Make Upgrades Over Time
If you want to boost efficiency, plan for upgrades as time and budget allow. When installing new windows, choose energy-efficient options with argon gas between each panel to maximize their insulating capabilities. Upgrade your lighting fixtures by replacing incandescent lightbulbs with LED bulbs. When replacing major appliances, shop for efficient options that use less water and electricity than standard models.
Order an Energy Audit to Boost Efficiency
Talk to your power company or contact a home inspector who offers energy audits. These inspections will examine your property for areas of energy loss. The assessment might reveal insufficient insulation in the attic and air leaks around windows and doors. After the energy audit, you’ll receive a report that recommends improvements to boost your home’s energy efficiency.
Prudent Home Inspections offers inspections in the Washington DC area. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to request an inspection.