by Lindsay Gough
on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at 11:41pm.
Have you been hearing about how to make your home more energy efficient? Energy efficient homes are good for the environment and cheaper to maintain. If you are renovating, building, or buying a home in St. George you may be curious how so many people are reducing their energy bills. Here are four ways you can incorporate energy efficiency techniques in your home.
A smart thermostat can save you money on heating and cooling. Products, like the Nest, learn your habits, schedules, and the weather forecast to adjust the temperature of your home accordingly. This means you only have to pay for heating and cooling when people are home.
Insulation is one of the keys to energy efficiency. The greatest energy cost in your home is heating and cooling. If air from outside is constantly leaking into your home, that cost will go up. The goal is to make your home completely airtight to keep your home’s temperature constant. Replacing your old insulation with spray foam will instantly make your home more energy efficient. Seal off any leaks, and make sure your home has the most energy efficient insulation. If your home is older, it may be time to redo some insulation.
While it is important to keep the walls insulated, your roof material is especially important. If the wrong materials are used, the roof can help heat up your home making your air conditioner work much harder in warmer months. Make sure your roof is made with energy efficient materials. The rule is the whiter a material, the more reflexive it is and the more energy efficient. Instead of black asphalt, go for white metal or cement. Your cooling bill will thank you.
Tankless Water Heater
So much of our home’s energy goes to powering appliances, especially the water heater. More and more companies are coming out with Energy Star certified appliances. If your water heater is old, you may be able to save hundreds of dollars in energy cost by replacing it with a tankless water heater. This new technology heats water as its needed, so you don’t have to pay to store hot water.
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb
What lighting you choose to use in your home can also increase its energy efficiency. The best lighting to use is a compact fluorescent lightbulb. Fluorescents work much better now than they used to and are not nearly as harsh. They use 75% less energy to run than a traditional incandescent light bulb.
Making your home more energy efficient is not an impossible task. If done correctly, it can save you hundreds of dollars in energy bills and help the environment.