Having a home that’s energy efficient can do many things for you. Not least to mention the reduction in your monthly bills. No one likes paying their utilities, they’re something you get saddled with the moment you leave your parents’ home and sap your money every month from then on. You can get solar panels, windmills and other items to eventually have your home no longer dependent on the varying companies dominating the utility market.
Winterize Your Home
It may seem like a no-brainer to get weather plastic and cover the gaps around your windows. This, however, isn’t likely to be enough. It needs to be a real solution if you want to see a difference. If you start by checking your windows you’ll likely notice cracks and areas where cold air comes in. Filling these cracks with a weather sealant or caulk is a perfect first step to making your home energy efficient. Once you’ve done the windows move on to the doors and door jams. Using weather stripping here can usually help you keep your heating and cooling in and make the area more energy efficient.
Get More Energy Efficient Appliances
One of the best ways to get a home more energy efficient is to get rid of the old and get the new- an appliance that is. There are many fridges that run much harder and longer than they need to but the newer ones will not use a fraction of the energy the older ones did. This may not work for everyone because it’s a bit of an investment. You will get credits on your taxes at the end of the year and you will see a difference in your utility bill. One of the best ways to get this to work well for you is to start with the oldest appliance first and work your way around until you’ve replaced all you can or need to.
Put Things On Timers
It may sound silly but one great way to make your home more energy efficient is to put items on timers. Whether you do this with your large appliances or just some of the smaller stuff you use more often- you’ll see a difference in your bill at the end of the month. You can also utilize the cord strips and when you’re not using items plugged into them, simply flick their switch to off. There have been several studies that have shown that appliances use energy even off when they are plugged in. This simple ‘turning-off’ can save you real dollars at the end of the month and use much less energy.
Know Your Tax Credits
Because it’s so important to have energy efficient home there are a lot of different tax credits available. This may mean those appliance you bought and paid for will pay for themselves at the end of the year when you start crunching the numbers and paying taxes.
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This was an article by John from Warwick Glass – a warwickshire based provider of upvc windows and doors to make your home more energy efficient.