Tips for Making Your Home More Energy Efficient
From property taxes to maintenance expenses, it costs money to own a home. However, the most expensive costs are those that come from heating and cooling your home. By improving the energy-efficiency of your home, you will save money, improve performance, and improve comfort. By targeting your home’s envelope (walls, attics, windows, and doors) and improving the efficiency of your energy-consuming appliances, you can greatly reduce the monthly costs of owning a home. To help you get started, here are a few easy ways to make your home more energy efficient:
Upgrade or Replace Windows
According to EnergyStar.gov, replacing old or broken windows with energy-efficient models can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 24%. Single-glazed windows do a poor job keeping cold air out in the winter and warm air out in the summer. Energy-efficient windows are designed to reduce air leakage and better insulate your home, both of which can greatly impact your monthly energy bills.
Install Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
A very simple way to improve your home’s energy efficiency and cut down on your monthly energy costs is to replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs. Although a CFL can last upwards of 10,000 hours, it costs about two or three dollars per bulb. In addition to lasting ten times as long as incandescent bulbs, CFLs also one-third of the electricity used by incandescents.
Schedule an Energy Audit
It can be hard to tell exactly where you are wasting your energy dollars every month, so call in the professionals to perform a home energy audit. Using advanced equipment, a home energy auditor can identify areas in your home that are affecting your household’s energy efficiency. You will then be able to make the necessary improvements to properly seal your home and reduce your electrical load, which in turn will cut down on your energy costs and reduce your overall carbon footprint.
From air conditioner repair to home energy audits, Estes Heating & Air Conditioning can make sure that your home is as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible. Serving the Atlanta area since 1949, Estes is proud to be the trusted name in residential heating and cooling services . Call us at (678) 733-9791 to learn more or to schedule service for your home.