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5 most cost effective home energy updates

July 11, 2013 | 0 comments

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These days, it’s important for your home to be as energy efficient as possible. But some energy-saving projects can seem overwhelming because of the amount of time and money involved. However, there are simpler ways for you to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Here are five easy and cost effective tips to help you save energy.

1. Replace light bulbs. Energy saving bulbs such as compact florescent lights (CFLs) and LEDs use up to 75% less energy than traditional florescent lights. While LEDs were initially quite expensive, the cost lowers every year as manufacturing technology has improved.

2. Install programmable thermostat and water heater timer. These two simple steps can save a lot of energy in the hours you spend away from home. During the day, a programmable thermostat that regulates heat or air conditioning can save you hundreds of dollars and cut down on energy waste. A water heater timer can also ensure that your water isn’t being heated all day when no one is home.

3. Install window film. Windows account for a third of the energy loss in your home. Window film can help stop this waste in its tracks with energy efficient solutions that can, in some instances, pay for themselves in just two years. Low-e window film can help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer without utilizing costly heating and cooling systems. Window films are easy to install yourself or have a professional install, and come in a variety of styles to maximize the energy efficiency for your particular home.

4. Change air conditioning filter. Dirty filters drastically lower your AC’s efficiency, causing the system to have to work harder to cool your home. By changing the filter monthly during the summer months and regularly the rest of the year, you can minimize the energy your AC has to expend.

5. Seal your home. This is one of the bigger tasks to accomplish on this list, but the results are worth it. Gaps and holes in your home’s exterior can account for severe energy waste. Caulk and weather-stripping can eliminate leaks from windows and doors and usually pays for itself in energy savings in just one year.

Just adding these five simple steps in the regular maintenance of your home can have a big payoff. These cost effective tips will help you both reduce energy waste and save money on heating and cooling bills. What could be better than that?

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