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.