Posted on: Jun 07, 2016
Up to 45% of your home’s total energy costs come directly from heating and cooling your home. In order to make the most of your budget, and get the most from your HVAC system, you want to make sure that all gaps and cracks in your home are sealed. This includes areas like:
It’s also a good idea to take a look at the insulation in your home. In order to maintain optimum efficiency, you want to make sure that your home’s insulation levels are at or above your local building codes standards.
Most homeowners would be surprised to learn that your landscaping can help save on your home’s energy costs and improve your home’s efficiency. By planting deciduous trees on the west and south sides of your home, you can reap the benefits year round. In the summer, the leaves of the trees will help to shade your home and keep it cooler. In turn, during the winter months, the leaf-bare branches will let the sun shine through helping to keep your home heated.
The laundry room is often a great place to start when looking for way to help your home’s efficiency. There are several small changes you can make in your laundry room to increase efficiency including: using your dryer to capacity, avoiding wasted energy, using energy star rated appliances, and using cold water during the wash cycle.
With the use of a programmable thermostat, you can save up to $100 per year in energy costs. This helps you to avoid unnecessarily heating and cooling your home while you are away or sleeping.