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Making your Home more Energy Efficient

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
As a whole, your home has a great impact on nature. You can make your home more energy-efficient to save money and boost its performance. Although the most energy-efficient measures could require a large initial outlay, the investment is worth it since it will provide you great savings on your yearly utility bills in the years to come.

Below are a few tips on making your home more energy-efficient:

  1. Proper insulation on the attic and walls make it more energy-efficient. Proper insulation slows down the heat that flows out of your home in winter or summer, thus less energy is needed to cool or heat your home. Foam insulation materials, cellulose and fibreglass reduce the heat conducted on the wall system when they are properly installed.

  2. Use energy-efficient models to replace your leaky and old windows to boost the efficiency of your windows. Consider putting up storm windows or weather stripping. You will be able to save from 7 to 24 percent of your air-conditioning and heating costs when you replace old windows.

  3. Planting shrubs and shade trees help you save more energy. The tress could block the heat of the sun in summer and the bare branches of the trees allow heat radiation to your home during winter.

  4. Use more energy-efficient bulbs like the compact fluorescent lights instead of your old incandescent light bulbs. While compact lights are more expensive, they last much longer and provide great savings because they less use energy.

  5. If the furnace you have was built before 1992, it is likely to waste about 35 percent of fuel and most probably at the end of its service. Replace your old furnace with a new highly effective system such as the condensing furnace. It provides up to ninety percent yearly efficiency. This type of furnace wastes not more than 10 percent of natural gas and lets you save 27 percent on your heating costs.

  6. Turn your hot water system to the warm setting to improve efficiency. Insulate the hot water lines so they will not cool off easily. Use low-flow showers in your baths.

  7. It would be preferable to schedule an energy audit on your home so you can get expert advice from energy auditors and raters. They use special tools and skills to evaluate your home and recommend the most cost-effective measure to enhance the efficiency and comfort of your home.

  8. Release trapped air by bleeding radiators. Shut down heating and loosen the bleed valve located at the top of the radiator carefully. Do not forget to use rags in catching drips.

  9. Double glazing helps in cutting heat less on your windows by half. The costs of double-glazing vary but you can enjoy great savings on your utility costs every year.

A more energy-efficient home means you can get big savings on your utility bills and is a good way to do your share in protecting the environment and preserve nature. Remember that the lesser carbon footprint your home leaves, the better it will be for everyone.
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