How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
It’s no secret that heating and cooling your home can be some of the biggest drains on energy. If you have an older home, or are just looking for some ways to save on energy bills, there are some easy things you can do to reduce energy consumption.
1. Seal gaps – This is an easy fix to reduce the amount of heat or air that is escaping to the outside. Take a caulk gun and make sure that you’re hitting around window and door frames. Sealing these small gaps can make a big difference.
2. Replace Light Bulbs – Simply replacing your incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs can save you money on your energy bulbs later on. CFLs use far less energy and last almost ten times as long.
3. Plant trees – Planting a tree can protect your home from the harshest winter winds and the warm rays of the summer sun. This is a great way to provide a natural defense against the elements.
4. Check your appliances – Some older appliances are not nearly as energy efficient as their newer counterparts.
5. Replace your air conditioning filter – Taking this one simple step more frequently can keep your unit running stronger, longer. While you’re at it, make sure that you haven’t blocked any vents with the layout of your furniture.
6. Fill in the gaps – There’s a hole bored through the exterior wall of your home in order to pass the air conditioning lines from the unit, into your home. Taking an extra few minutes with a caulk gun can cut down on the warm or cool air that passes with it.
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