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​5 Effective Home Improvement Ideas to Make It Energy Efficient

Posted by Lily Brooks on

There’s no denying that the prices for commodities nowadays have gone up. Most home appliance manufacturers have innovated energy-saving products which can drastically let homeowners save up to 70 percent from utility bills. Sounds good, right? Apart from purchasing economical appliances, there are other ways to save big on monthly expenses. We’ve encapsulated the top 5 effective home improvement ideas to make it energy efficient.

Replace Energy-Hungry Appliances with its Energy Star Counterparts

Most household products now come with a rating. Although the functionality of these products remains the same, the energy consumption, on the other hand, is way lesser. These products need to pass certain benchmarks set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to qualify for an Energy Star. Also, take note that the cooling and heating systems in your home consume almost half of energy use. So next time you go  kitchen appliance shopping, look for that captivating blue, star logo.

Insulate Your Home Properly

For countries which are relatively cooler, winter season could mean using too much of your heating system – unless you want to freeze to death! Make sure that you insulate your home properly to avoid heat or electricity from entering or escaping. Below are several ways to improve insulation in your home:

  • Double glazing comprises two to three window panes with a gas-filled space in between to cut down heat transfers to and from the house.
  • Optimize the use of curtains and blinds and close them to retain warmth.
  • Use draught excluders or sealant strips for exterior doors with bigger gaps.
  • Check if the windows don’t have holes in them.
  • Setting up loft insulation can gravely reduce your costs as well.
  • Turn on your ceiling fans to let air circulate in your home and to enhance air conditioning especially in a centralized home.
  • Invest in the Best Solar Generators

    More people are now joining the “solar-powered” bandwagon. And since installing a full-on solar panel system is extremely costly, solar generators are an affordable alternative to the aforementioned while working on your  unique home improvmement projects. Why they remarkably energy friendly?

  • They don’t require any type of fuel.
  • Power is sustainably derived from the sun.
  • An inverter converts the stored electricity in the battery bank into AC power to give you comfort in times of blackouts.

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    Switch to LED or CFL

    Did you know that you can massively save on bills by 70 to 90 percent if you ditch your incandescent light bulbs for LED diode bulbs or CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs? Yes, you heard me! Between the two, LED lasts longer and produces excellent lighting. CFL is similar to the incandescent light but is quite efficient. You can use them for living  dining room chandeliers, wall and table lamps.

    Switch to Energy-Conducive Plumbing Fixtures

    In case you don’t know, your old toilet uses more than 1.6 gallons of water every flush. And how many times do you visit the restroom per day? You do the math. Your toilets, faucets, and showerheads account for 25, 15, and 17 percent of water use, respectively. Replace old plumbing fixtures with new products, low-flow fixtures and delight in huge savings every month!

    The great thing about taking these helpful tips into consideration is that you’re not only immensely saving on your monthly bills but you’re also lessening your carbon footprint and keeping Mother Nature happy. So what are you waiting for?

    Author Bio: Lily Brooks is a passionate blogger who loves to write about home designs, renewable energy innovations and more. She spends her free time hiking, swimming, camping and spending time with her family. She also blogs at  GeneratorLab which is a site filled with home improvement energy tips and guides.

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