Purchasing appliances with an ENERGY STAR label will ensure that large appliances like the dishwasher, dryer and washing machine are using the least amount of energy. Appliances stand up to a variety of standards before receiving the prestigious label. In addition, operating these appliances after peak demand times can further reduce strain on the grid.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Known for saving money, programmable thermostats allow homeowners to create a schedule that follows a family’s routine. Thermostats can be adjusted during the seasons to heat and cool when it makes the most sense instead of constantly working to maintain a specific temperature.
Add an Extra Layer of Insulation
Insulating a home is a quick way to make a big impact when it comes to energy efficiency and taking to the attic may be the easiest solution when doing so. There are various methods homeowners can look into when it comes to insulation but one thing remains the same—it reduces the amount of energy needed to heat or cool a home.
Install New Doors and Windows
Doors and windows play an important role in the energy efficiency of your home. Replacing older installations with a more energy efficient version can make a big difference. Steel doors have become popular over the years due to their resistance to warping during weather changes and advanced security. When it comes to finding more efficient windows, homeowners should consider versions with the ENERGY STAR or NFRC label.
Last but not least, homeowners can also take steps to make sure doors and windows are properly sealed. This will help keep out unwelcome drafts, which may cause your AC or heat to run excessively.
Solar energy is extremely efficient due to its ability to generate power directly from the sun. Homeowners that take a home survey are able to determine how many solar panels are necessary to produce enough power for the home’s needs.
Solar energy is also a great home improvement project because it adds value to the property. In fact, a study done by Zillow states that homes with solar panels typically sell for 4.1% more on average when compared to similar homes without it.2 That means homeowners with solar installations not only take advantage of utility-related savings but can also enjoy an added benefit when putting their house on the market.