How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
Many people building or renovating a home want energy efficient features that will save money and help the environment. These range from solar panels to recycled building materials. Here are some of the latest trends hitting the market.
Solar power systems became popular for supplemental home power in the 1980’s. Their technology keeps improving and is reducing our reliance on the energy grid. Today, many homes have solar panels on the roof. They help lower electricity bills and reduce the carbon footprint. The use of solar shingles is on the rise and may eventually replace larger solar panels in new construction.
Many of us have been recycling our water bottles, soda cans, paper and plastic for years. Several homes are also being built with recycled materials. These include cork, bamboo, recycled steel and reclaimed wood. More construction firms are using recycled building materials to make their projects more eco-friendly.
Water and Insulation
More homeowners are opting for appliances that use less water. These include water-saving shower heads, dishwashers, washing machines and low-flow faucets. Conserving results in a lower water bill.
Quality insulation is key to controlling the climate in your home. It is becoming more effective and eco-friendly. With proper insulation, you can lower your home heating and cooling costs by over 40%.
Windows account for 25-35% of heat gain and loss in homes. If you’re selecting new windows, be sure to find ones that are energy efficient. If your existing windows are still in good condition, you can improve their efficiency. Check for air leaks. Caulk and weatherstrip the windows. Add quality window coverings or storm windows.
Energy-efficient lighting is becoming more common as people look for ways to save money. Lighting accounts for around 15% of an average home’s electricity use. LED lights use around 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. Households can save an average of $225 in annual energy costs by using LED lighting.
A light dimmer and timers will help save electricity. Timers can be used to automatically turn lights off when they’re not in use. Dimmers can lower light levels.
Plants and Trees
Planting trees around your home will keep it cooler during the summer. Trees also absorb carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen, which reduces pollution and improves air quality. Greenery is also peaceful and relaxing.
How to Reduce Home Energy Use
There are many simple steps you can take at home to reduce energy costs.
Small household leaks can result in gallons of daily water loss. Check plumbing fixtures and stop leaks right away. Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load. Shorten your showers and turn off the faucet while shaving or brushing your teeth. Use dimmer switches and LED lights to conserve energy. Turn to programmable thermostats to adjust the temperature in your home when you’re asleep or away.
The Smart Home Market
What used to be called the ‘homes of the future’ are now popping up in neighborhoods across America. A smart home allows homeowners to control appliances, thermostats, lights and other devices remotely with a smartphone or tablet. All that’s needed is an internet connection. The smart home market is growing in popularity. It was $84.5 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach just under $139 billion by 2026.
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