Tips for Creating an Energy-Efficient Home

From installing new fixtures and appliances to changing your habits, there are a lot of ways to save energy. Check out these five tips for making your home more energy-efficient.

1. Install LED Lighting

You might not think about lighting as being a huge energy user, but it can be. If you’re using old incandescent light bulbs, you’re wasting a lot of money on replacements and on your energy bill. One way to create a green home and save a little bit of money is to upgrade to LED lighting. Not only do LED lights last a lot longer than cheap incandescent bulbs, but they’re also more efficient which saves you money on your energy bill.

2. Use ENERGY STAR Appliances

If you’ve got old appliances in your home, there’s a good chance that’s one of the reasons your energy bill is high. Old appliances simply aren’t as energy efficient as newer ones, and that’s without considering appliances that were inefficient even in their prime. One simple way to get a lot more use out of your appliances without spending a fortune on your bill is to upgrade to Energy Star appliances, which are certified for efficiency.

3. Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

For a lot of homeowners, heating and cooling is the easiest way to waste money. If you want to make sure you’re keeping your home at a comfortable temperature without wasting money or energy, a smart thermostat can help. By setting the temperature remotely, you can make sure you’re only using heating and cooling when you need it. In addition, a smart thermostat can learn your routine, so if you have a regular work schedule, it’ll heat up or cool down your home before you even set foot inside.

4. Insulate your Home Properly

A home that isn’t properly insulated can’t keep cool or warm air in. What this means is that you’ll end up paying for heating and cooling that don’t affect your home as they should. Make sure you have a professional check on your insulation and insulate any areas that need it. Exterior walls, attics and basements are often spots that need to be insulated.

5. Install Quality Windows and Doors

Speaking of insulation, many homeowners don’t consider just how important doors and windows are to insulating a home. If you’ve got old single-pane windows or cheap doors, you could be letting all the warm or cold air out of your home without even knowing it. If you’re not sure whether your home is properly insulated or your doors and windows are good enough, have a professional perform an energy audit.

Creating a green home isn’t the easiest task, but it can be done with a little effort. If you need help making sure your brand new home is energy efficient, there’s no better choice than Grand Homes. To find out more about our home building services, contact Grand Homes today.