Thanks to enhanced technology and innovation, it’s easier than ever to make your home more energy efficient. As we head into summer, being cautious of your energy use can help reduce energy costs. Check out our summer tips for increasing your energy efficiency:
1. Choose a Sustainable Cladding Option
If you’re looking to give your exterior a facelift, consider cladding with insulating properties and options that require minimal maintenance. Insulated vinyl siding adds an element of comfort while helping you conserve energy and boost your home’s appearance. Vinyl siding is a low-maintenance option that won’t require painting, staining or caulking. Composite cladding is another solution that offers striking curb appeal.
2. Add Insulation To Your Attic
Insulation isn’t only for cooler months; it can help keep your home comfortable year-round. Adding insulation to your attic will help improve your home’s energy efficiency and save you money on energy bills. With attic insulation, you can expect rooms to be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Attic insulation will also improve your air quality by reducing outdoor pollutants and moisture from entering your home, prolonging the life of your roof and saving you money in the long run.
3. HVAC System Tune-up
Hire a professional to conduct an annual servicing for your HVAC system to ensure your furnace and air conditioner are running smoothly and efficiently. A tune-up of your heating and cooling system ensures connections are tightened, parts are properly lubricated, and coils are cleaned. Without yearly maintenance checkups, you run the risk of having to unexpectedly replace your furnace, which may cost between $2,000 to $8,000.
4. Choose ENERGY STAR® Products
When you’re ready to upgrade bigger ticket items such as your windows, refrigerator, stove or washing machine, go for ENERGY STAR products. These certified products and appliances use 10% to 50% less energy than a non-energy efficient product and can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Better energy performance means lower utility and maintenance costs.
5. Get an Energy Audit
Having a professional energy auditor come to your home will help you discover and understand the inefficiencies and wasted energy throughout your home. An average home energy audit will include an inspection of your insulation, including finished and unfinished basements, the levels of attic insulation, the quality of your windows and air leaks from your doors. A certified energy adviser will highlight savings opportunities and identify areas for improvements.
Use these tips for increasing your energy efficiency this summer, and rest easy knowing you’re helping the planet and your wallet!