28 Easy Tips to Keep Your Home Energy Efficient All Year Long
We can always do more to improve our home’s energy efficiency. This checklist will prepare you to adopt energy efficient practices at home all year long.
Recently we covered some simple ways you can go green at work and make your office more energy efficient. Simple practices like shutting down computers at the end of the day and turning off office lights can save you on energy consumption and operating costs. The same can be said for your home! We’ve rounded up 28 ways to make your home more energy efficient starting today and lasting all year long.
Even the smallest daily adjustment can make a big difference in the long-run. Switching to energy efficient habits does not have to be an overwhelming process. There are many simple tasks that can turn into daily habits for making your home operate more efficiently:
Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms or when you leave the house.
Make sure your walls and attic are well insulated. Effective insulation will help with heat loss in the winter and heat entering the house in the summer.
Plant shady trees and large bushes near windows to provide shade in the summer.
Install reflective coating on your roof to help with cooling in the summer.
Consider installing solar panels. Solar panels will increase the value of your home, will be a source of clean energy and will help you save on roughly 15-20% on electricity costs.
When leaving the house for a long vacation, power down and unplug electronics and appliances. Also turn down the thermostat to 55 degrees.
How are you making your home more energy efficient? What tips would you add to this list?
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