With the prices of goods and services rising across the board, you may be looking for ways to reduce your household expenses. Now is a good time to start thinking about some home renovations so you can save money on your utility bills all year round. With about 13% of greenhouse gas emissions due to heating, cooling and cooking needs coming directly from buildings, here are some ways you can both save money on energy and reduce your carbon footprint this year.
Get a free energy assessment for your home. An energy audit conducted by a professional is a good first step in determining where your home stands in terms of energy efficiency and will give you a better sense of what actions you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Weather your home. You can do this by sealing noticeable cracks, especially around leaky doors and windows. Caulking these areas and caulking strips can help seal off trouble spots in your home. Low- and middle-income customers may also be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program to help offset costs.
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Add insulation. After you’ve taken steps to make your home airtight, adding insulation to the attic, basement, and walls can go a long way toward saving electricity — the insulation helps retain heat in your home and also makes your home more comfortable .
Make window improvements. Even if you don’t have the money to upgrade your windows right now, there are cheaper options like caulking, weatherstripping, and adding thicker window coverings to keep you warm in the winter.
Reduce phantom loads. Phantom loads include power consumed by devices or devices simply because they are plugged into the wall, even when the device is in standby mode or turned off. Consider getting a programmable smart power strip or simply unplug your devices when not in use.
Check your water heater settings. Chances are, you haven’t touched your water heater in years. Try lowering the temperature to reduce your energy consumption.
Enjoy your blinds. To make the most of the sun, let in natural light during the day to heat your home, but close your curtains at night to lock in the heat.
Close your vents and doors. For rooms you don’t use often, consider closing those vents and doors to avoid wasting energy.
The NAHB Certified Green Professional (CGP)™ designation is a reliable way to identify builders, remodelers, fabricators and other industry professionals committed to making your home green. To find a CGP certified professional and learn more about the latest energy saving techniques for your home, visit www.siouxlandhba.com/members.