There are a variety of factors that could affect the energy efficiency of your home. From appliances to windows to the actual structure of your home, here is a home energy checklist to help you cut down on your energy costs and live more comfortably all year round!
The Home Energy Checklist:
- Plant shade trees and shrubs around your home to shield it from the sunlight – especially on the west side, where the afternoon sun will inevitably heat up.
- Replace older, inefficient appliances with energy-efficient models. Itís an investment initially, but it will make a difference in your monthly bills.
- Upgrade your computer and monitor to a laptop or LED monitor. Be sure to turn it off when itís not in use.
- Upgrade or seal your windows to make sure your home isnít losing heat through them. Typically, you lose 25% of the heat through the windows, so this is an important step before the weather cools down! If youíre not ready to replace the windows with energy-efficient models or storm windows, you can add film or caulk.†
- Check your water heater. Turn the temperature down to the warm setting and add an insulating blanket if there isnít one around it already. Water heating can account for 14-25% of the energy consumed in your home.
- Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights or LEDs.
- Insulate your home properly. Call First Defense today to have us come evaluate your home and give you a free quote!