Your home is your little slice of life to really carve out as your own. Whether you’re a homeowner yourself or you’re still renting or living with someone else, there are so many ways to curate a special space of your own. Let’s first think about the way your home works.
But how do you approach a task like this? Well, once you’ve created that super calm and cozy space you’ve always wanted in your home, it’s time to turn your attention outwards, and think about how your home operates. Indeed, more specifically, just how much energy it uses every single day.
Energy efficiency is something we should promote more and more in our homes, and it can become more than just an ideal – you can incorporate it into your home’s layout and design in more ways than one! And with the points below, we hope to help you achieve the kind of energy efficiency you’ve always wanted from the four walls around you. So feel free to read on for some accessible, big and little ways to increase your total energy efficiency.
Try to Maintain a Constant Temperature
The first thing to do is try and keep the temperature in your home at a constant level at all times, whether it’s hot or cold out, whether you’re shivering or sweating in your seat, and whether people are asking you to up or lower the thermostat altogether. Because when you keep it level and constant, such as at 75 degrees or a bit lower, you’ll have far lower bills to contend with, and you’ll also get used to living comfortably at that temperature at all times.
Not to mention, you can just throw on a jumper or put the AC on if the temperature is swinging wildly outside, and still save a good amount of money. And then we come to the point of efficiency – it’s far easier to maintain the temperature than keep on randomly changing it, as your house won’t have time to hang on to that heat before the heating goes off again in an hour! Save money, save your walls, and help keep that insulation working for another day.
Do you have a garden of your own? Maybe just a bit of backyard space that you could do something eco friendly and productive with? Or maybe you’ve just got a couple of window boxes at hand? It doesn’t matter what you’re working with – you can turn your hand to gardening and save a lot of carbon emissions from being pumped out into the air as you do so.
Because when you garden, not only will you be growing and harvesting your own food, which cuts down on shopping and travel time, but you’ll also have a more environmentally conscious way to deal with your organic waste. You’ll be able to spread potato and carrot peelings over the soil, or build a compost heap of your own, which’ll help you to always have a bit of organically made fertilizer on hand at all times.
Create Your Own Energy
In our modern, technologically advanced era, it’s actually quite easy to generate your own energy, instead of having to rely on utility companies to keep the lights on for you. Of course, you will still have to work with utility companies in some form or another, but you can take real charge over your energy bill with something like a Solar Panel Installation! They’re the most accessible way to generate energy and heat for yourself, and once the installation fee has been paid, you won’t have to fork out much else.
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Because when you create your own energy, you both save money and you stop drawing from the local power grid, where mainly fossil fuels are burned to keep the houses in your neighborhood turning over. Most of all, you won’t have to worry about how your energy usage is contributing to worldwide carbon emissions.
And installing solar panels is also a great way to elevate your level of control over how much energy is being used in your home. You can generally time when the solar panels are producing electricity, and get most of your home tasks done during these hours, and then save money by keeping as many appliances off as possible when the sun goes down.
Block as Many Gaps as Possible
There are going to be many hot and cold escape routes throughout your home, and if you spend over $100 trying to keep the room warm during the winter, and you haven’t put any thought into the air slipping under the door, you’re just wasting money! And at its very heart, this is the number one mark of an inefficient home – energy is just climbing over your four walls and living free in the outside air.
However, this is a very easy thing to try and combat, and there’s a lot you can do to change just how many gaps your home shipped with. The best thing to do is get the whole place reinsulated, such as repadding the attic with insulation blocks, as well as get double to triple glazing on the windows. This’ll help to keep as much air as possible trapped inside your home, whether it be hot or cold, and it’ll keep the bills down by stopping you ranking that thermostat up too much!
Change Your Lights
How many lights do you think you have in your home, just off the top of your head? Maybe a hanging lamp in every room? Maybe a few standing lamps in the bedrooms and/or living room? Maybe bedside table and desk lamps as well? Because when you think about it, you’ve got a lot of lights! Most households have about 40 different bulbs on the go at once, and that can really add up when you’re leaving them all on at once. Contact a company that does electrical repair services and have them come to your home and install new lighting. You can have all of your lights put on dimmers so that you are not using full energy when you are using the lights. Electricians can also install more energy efficient lighting devices like upgraded ceiling fans, track lighting, or recessed lighting that can be used at the same time without using too much energy.
And while you may not have them all on, and while you make a point of keeping the overhead lamp off while the floor lamp next to the sofa is on, you could still be using bits of energy here and there with just having them still plugged in. Which is why it’s a good idea to try and limit the amount of light sources you’re working with, but also replace the bulbs themselves, and use some much more energy friendly, long life bulbs instead. So you may want to consider investing in halogen lamps, or more conveniently, LED bulbs. They’re both brighter sources of light, and they take up far less of your total energy budget.
Get Your Systems Checked Out
And then we come to the other central systems in your house, such as the heating and the HVAC, and even just the wiring in your walls. Are they set up as efficiently as they could be? How long has it been since you had them checked out and/or regulated by a local authority? And are you sure they’re doing their job right, and not pumping excess fumes into the air, or simply using more energy than they should be?
Because if you can’t definitively answer any of those questions, it’s time to get a repairman out to take a look, or check them out yourself if you know what you’re doing. At the very least, make sure the HVAC is clean enough to function, and that your heating only kicks in at a certain hour and at certain times throughout the year. Indeed, all tasks like these will take is 5 minutes here and there, to ensure your home is carbon safe and energy efficient, and always moving toward a greener zone.
Once you do get these systems checked out, the professionals will be able to tell you where energy could be leaking out of your home. Sometimes known as an ‘energy audit’, it’s a great way to determine how efficiently your home takes on daily tasks, and it’ll give you plenty of pointers that are wonderfully specific for your situation.
How Energy Efficient is Your Home?
It can really vary from house to house, even within the same neighborhood, but if you’re worried about your rating right now, make sure you take the points above to heart. And even when you’re sure you’re reaching towards that ‘A’ rating, there could still be a few things you can do to help push it even further.
And if you’ve got the time on your hands right now, why wait to introduce changes? They can be easy to implement, even if you’re looking to get some solar panels installed, and you can live sure in the knowledge that your carbon footprint is going to rapidly decrease as the months go on.
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This is a collaborative post but all opinons are my own.