Nearly everyday there are stories out there about greenhouse gases, carbon emissions and environmental challenges. The issue most of us face is how to combat these startling statistics and help create a better future.
Do the Little Things
There are little things we can all do to make our homes and lives more energy efficient including:
- Unplugging appliances when you leave a room.
- Making sure you turn everything off when you are out of the house.
- Putting appliances on one power strip so it is easier and more effective to turn off the power strip rather than unplugging each individual item.
- Turning off appliances completely because standby mode wastes energy.
- Going on energy saving plans through your power provider to save yourself money and the planet.
- Trading out all of your light bulbs for energy efficient CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs).
- Keeping your refrigerator cold and making sure the seals are current to prevent energy loss.
Update Your Heating and Cooling
Did you know that nearly half of the energy spent in your home goes towards heating and cooling costs? ENERGY STAR suggests keeping your HVAC units clean and updated. Changing your air filters regularly also will make a difference in the air flowing through your home and how your system runs. Additionally, you should get your HVAC system tuned up to ensure things are running smoothly once a year.
Upgrade Your Windows
Another topic to consider is the type of windows you have installed in your home.You can install energy efficient screens and windows to help maintain the temperature in your home. If you don’t want to buy new windows, Energy.gov suggests caulking or weatherstripping around the frames to prevent leaking caused by rain or other moisture as well as the escape of heating and air conditioning. If you are interested in energy efficient windows, do your research. There are many types to choose from including awning, casement, hopper and sliding. If you aren’t sure what works best for your home, contact a professional that can help you select the right type for your needs as well as help you with the installation process.
Consider Window Accessories
Installing awnings outside of your windows can help keep your house cool and create a nice shaded area in your yard. Awnings don’t have to be just practical either, but can serve as a design opportunity.
Similarly, window treatments offer energy efficiency and are cheaper than buying and installing new windows. Ask yourself: What window treatments am I using in my home? Is the drapery energy efficient? If the answer is no, you can make the switch with ease. There is such a wide variety of energy efficient blinds and drapery for the home. Try implementing solar shades, roman shades, drapes, blinds or vertical systems. Remember, saving energy can be beautiful. Create a comfortable, wonderfully designed home while doing your part to keep the planet clean.
Don’t make saving energy a daunting task. Try these small tips to help make the world a better place.