Going Green, Saving Green

Posted by TM5 Properties Agent on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at 7:34pm

We all want to reduce our home’s energy use – whether to be more environmentally friendly or simply to reduce our monthly expenses. There’s a lot of information on energy efficiency out there and it can feel overwhelming at times. Just start at step 1, and move on up toward a happy, green home and a few extra bucks in your pocket.

Step 1 -- No Cost -- Educating your family on how your behavior can reduce energy expenses

Step 2 -- Energy Efficient light bulbs, caulking and weather stripping to ensure there are no leaks

Step 3 -- Add insulation and check that all seals are intact

Step 4 -- Get a ductless heat pump

Step 5 -- Update to a newer generation water heater

Step 6 -- Invest in new, Energy Star approved appliances

Step 7 -- Install dual paned windows and new doors that minimize leaks

Step 8 -- Set up solar panels to capture thermal energy

 

If your home is less than 15 years old, then you’re in luck – its construction likely incorporated many energy saving features, meaning lower bills for your family. What’s more is that even though modern homes on average are 30% larger than those built previously, they’re still consuming about the same total energy as an older home. This is particularly true when considering AC units and appliances, like Energy Star approved.

 

In Texas, it’s especially important to minimize the amount of heat coming into your house so that your air conditioning unit doesn’t have to work so hard to keep your house cool. Adding insulation and verifying there are no major leaks is the first step to making sure your money isn’t being wasted on inefficient heating or cooling. One relatively simple fix is by installing window blinds or even black out curtains. Other major ways you can save money on your energy bill is to use a programmable thermostat, like “The Nest” which allows you to coordinate the temperature to your schedule.


 

Leave A Comment

Format example: yourwebsitename.com

What's Your Home Worth? Find out now, for Free.

Let's Go