The summer is over! No more sunny weather, ice cream and days at the beaches. Although the season where air-conditioning and ventilation costs go through the roof is over, energy spent on heating goes up. There`s a lot of money to be saved if you implement the following tips. In this article we’ll be taking a closer look at 7 things you can do around your house to improve the overall energy efficiency:
1. Guess how much of the energy of a typical American house is spent on lighting? 10% is the answer. Imagine how much energy would be saved if you replaced all inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient ones.
Studies show that CFLs only spend 20% of the energy as old incandescent – meaning there could be several hundred bucks worth of savings if you replace them all. If you don’t like the particular light these new lamps give off look into energy-efficient incandescent ones (yes they exists).
2. Then there’s alternative forms of lighting you can consider. Outdoor solar lights is a great example of this. They store the energy from the sun when it is shining; making sure that your garden is lit up in the evening.
3. Air-conditioners and heating/cooling systems are also big spenders – especially during the summer. This is probably one of the biggest spending you’ll find on this list, however, it is probably also the one that people see the biggest gains off in the long run.
4. Energy-efficient windows and doors are also important. Make sure to read the energy labels on everything before you buy it. You do not want to excess heat leaking either in or out of your home, as that would only mean your air conditioning and heating/cooling systems would be even bigger spenders.
5. If you have a swimming pool, you would want to cover it up using a pool cover when it is not being used to prevent the heat to evaporate into the air. You should also look into solar pool heating to build on those savings!
6. Outside landscape shading is often forgotten. You will be able to partially cover or shade your house by growing trees and plants at good places around the perimeter of your house. This will prevent heat from the sun to reach the inside and reducing cooling costs.
7. If there is anything you should take from this article it is this: Get a professional energy auditor to come and look at your home. While there’s a lot of value in reading this article and following up on advice you read online, but there is nothing that can compare to getting a professional to come and evaluate the energy situation in your home.
Guest Post by Mathias Aarre Maehlum from EnergyInformative.org
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