7 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Making energy-efficient home improvements can not only help the environment, but also save you around 25% on your energy bills. Optimizing your energy usage typically yields a strong return on investment (ROI) thanks to how much money you can save. So if you're looking for ways to make your home greener and reduce your monthly expenses, consider some of these high-ROI energy-efficient upgrades.
Install LED Light Bulbs
High-ROI home improvements don't always have to be huge projects. LED lightbulbs are a great first step to improving your home's energy efficiency, and the money you'll save adds up quickly. LED bulbs use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer—which means more money saved over time. In addition, LED lights produce very little heat, so they're ideal for use in recessed or enclosed fixtures.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Smart home upgrades can maximize your home's energy efficiency by eliminating human error. A smart thermostat allows you to control your home’s temperature according to your schedule. A daily plan for your thermostat ensures you don’t waste energy heating or cooling an unoccupied house. Some smart thermostats can even customize the temperature of individual rooms, ensuring that the home stays comfortable without sacrificing efficiency.
Upgrade Your Insulation
Installing new insulation is one of the best ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Adding insulation to your attic, walls, or basement can reduce heat loss and save up to 30% on your energy bill each year. New or added insulation can also make your home more comfortable and quiet, and it can help protect the home from moisture damage.
Upgrade Your Water Heater
Water heaters are one of the most important appliances in your home, and they can also be one of the most expensive to upgrade—however, the price is worth it based on how much money you can save. EnergyStar® estimates homeowners can save around $4,500 CAD over the lifetime of an energy-efficient water heater. You can install several types of water heaters to save money compared to traditional water heaters, including tankless, solar, and heat pump water heaters.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters only heat water when needed, saving energy and reducing wear on the water heater. Additionally, tankless water heaters typically last longer than traditional tank-style water heaters.
Solar Water Heaters
Going solar is another energy-efficient option. Solar water heaters reduce your reliance on traditional heating methods by using the sun's natural energy to heat water. Studies show that solar water heaters produce lower utility bills than traditional water heaters.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
One of the most efficient types of water heaters is the heat pump water heater. Heat pump water heaters work by using a small amount of electricity to move heat from one place to another, which allows them to use less energy than traditional water heaters. However, they don't work well in cold environments because the outside air is too cold to provide enough warmth for the water heater—so be sure to look at different options if you live in a colder climate.
Replace Older Windows with Low-E Windows
Replacing your old windows with Low-E windows can also improve your home's energy efficiency. Low-E windows are treated with a special coating that helps reflect heat back into your home in the winter and keep it out in the summer, so your HVAC system has less work to do. Not to mention, Low-E windows help protect your home from moisture damage, and reduce noise levels both inside and outside the home.
Tackle These Home Improvements to Save on Your Energy Bills
Home improvement can seem daunting, but by taking on a few simple projects, you can see significant savings on your energy bills. We hope this article has given you some ideas about what improvements you can make to your home to reduce your carbon footprint and save money. Be sure to check out our other blog posts for more tips on how to upgrade your home.