How to Make Your Home Greener and More Energy-Efficient
03.10.2017 GREEN LIVING 0.0 0

One of the most important challenges that each homeowner faces is how to make their home as energy-efficient as possible. With the development of various technologies, some solutions have become common knowledge and widely used. What’s even more important is the fact that so many of them have also become affordable.

 

Some people believe that being energy-efficient means that you just spend less energy and save money along the way. What they fail to realise is that the quality of living also improves if you go green.

 

Living in a healthier environment is a thing you can’t really put a price on, which is why you should take a look at some of the following tips for making your home greener and more energy-efficient.

 

Changing the way we think

When trying to implement some changes, it’s vital that you make sure that all those living with you follow in your footsteps. If you manage to help them realise the importance of having a greener home, they’ll all do their part, which means the results will be even better. So, you might want to start with some small changes that will make everyone realise that saving energy is a great thing.

 

Replace your old bulbs with LEDs for some quick and visible results and start unplugging your devices overnight to save even more energy and money. These simple adjustments will bring about some changes that will be both beneficial and visible.

 

Energy audit

Almost every house in the world could benefit from becoming more energy-efficient since some of them waste so much energy that it not only costs a lot of money, but also fails to provide optimal living conditions. In order to know exactly what you can do about it, it’s a good idea to call an energy auditor to assess the state of your home.

 

This expert can tell you what the problems are and suggest ways of fixing them. You should follow them closely during the inspection to be able to really understand what they’re talking about. You’ll be able to see how much air leaks in and out of your home. You’ll also be able to hear some great and useful tips.

 

Insulation is crucial

You can’t overdo it when it comes to insulation, since you need to use as little energy as possible to regulate the indoor temperature. Depending on where you live, this might be an expensive and difficult task, but with the right professional help you should do your best to provide appropriate insulation to your home.

 

Don’t think that an air-conditioner will solve all your problems and that it’s an easy fix. Nothing can be further from the truth. When the house is properly insulated, a simple ceiling fan installation might be enough if you wish to cool a room down; that way, you’ll avoid having to install a more expensive unit whose by-products include water and carbon-dioxide. Good insulation means that you’ll spend less energy and money, and that the indoor air quality will be much better.

 

Consider replacing your doors and windows

This is a more expensive tip, but also one that can really pay off, especially if you live in an area with a harsh climate. Poorly insulated doors and windows, such as the old-fashioned single pane windows, simply don’t do enough in terms of protecting your home. Double pane windows are much better, but there are also new ones, with multiple layers of film between each pane, which makes them even more energy-efficient, allowing you to live in a much better insulated home with more money in your pocket because of the savings you’ll be making on the electricity and heating bills.

 

Needless to say, there are many other ways in which you can make your home greener and more energy-efficient, but the most important thing is that you and your family members realise the importance of having a home that doesn’t waste unnecessary resources. Once you are convinced that this is the way to go, creating a great, green home for you and your family is just a matter of your effort and budget.

Written by Carolin Petterson

 

 

About the Author

Carolin Petterson is a Business Lady and contributor for number of high-class websites. She loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions, but her specialties are sustainability, sustainable business and green living.

 

 

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