In this guide we will cover steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient by performing a whole home energy audit, replacing your old appliances with energy saving models, installing energy efficient doors and windows, correcting home insulation inadequacies, and exploring a possibility of upgrading your existing HVAC equipment with a geothermal heating and cooling system.
What is a whole Home Energy Audit / Assessment?
Consider performing a whole home energy audit in order to increase overall energy efficiency of your home. Performing a thorough home energy assessment will help identify sources of energy loss in your home. Your home energy audit contractor will suggest any necessary corrections and energy efficient improvements to your home.
It may be recommended to you to replace your old air conditioners with an integrated energy efficient heating and cooling system, potentially you may even be offered a renewable energy alternative such as geothermal heating and cooling system, which can cut your utility costs by well over a 50% margin, and doing so may eventually even pay for itself.
Installing energy efficient windows, doors, and additional insulation in your home’s walls and attic can be another great way to increase overall energy efficiency of your home.
How to Reduce Your Home Utility Costs with Energy Efficient Appliances?
Did you know that replacing your old appliances can be an effective way to lower the overall cost of your household utilities? Lowering the cost of the utilities by replacing the washer and dryer with newer energy efficient models can help to reduce the wasted water and power that are used within the model and can therefore reduce the expenses for your household.
What should you consider when choosing new appliances?
The first thing that should be considered is the energy star rating of the new appliances that are being purchased. It is important to take into account the usage and overall energy efficiency, in comparison with the usage and energy efficiency of your existing appliances.
There are many ways to save even more while shopping for appliances that are going to be used to replace energy inefficient models in the home. For instance, using grants that may be available through your state, or federal government, manufacturer rebates that are available through your local home improvement store, and incentives offered by your local utility companies.
There are many options that are available for changing the appliances in the home. From the energy efficient laundry machine systems to the dishwashers, and other kitchen appliances that can be used to make your home more Eco-friendly, and energy efficient. This way, you are not only going to update a look and feel of your home, but you are also going to decrease the overall costs of running your home.
As an added bonus, replacing old appliances in your home can be an effective way to increase the overall value of your home. This is a great selling point for people who are considering to sell their house in the near future.
Think of energy saving appliances as building blocks on the road to reducing your operating costs of living in your home.