Home Energy Efficiency

Five Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Here at Premier Home Solutions, not only do we want to save you money through home energy efficiency, we want to reduce our impact on the environment to leave a better world for our children and grandchildren. We believe none of us have to choose between living comfortably now and giving a healthy planet to our kids. But the best part? We can do all this while saving money in the long run. 

It’s a win-win-win situation for everyone. Creating more efficiency in our homes gives us more comfort now, for less cost over time, and leaves a better planet and environment for our children. It’s an absolute no-brainer, and just that simple. 

A few changes here and a few dollars there can add up to massive efficiency— and savings— over time.  Below we’ve collected five tips for how you can make your home more energy efficient and leave a better world for our young ones.  

1. Change your lightbulbs to high-efficiency options like LED or CFL

Perhaps the easiest and most effective change you can make in your home towards energy efficiency is to change your lightbulbs to high-efficiency options like CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lights) or, even better, LED’s (Light Emitting Diodes). 

While these lights cost more to purchase on the outset, they are far cheaper to run and last far, far longer than ordinary light bulbs. For example, the ordinary lifespan for a CFL lightbulb is about 8,000 hours. For a regular incandescent bulb, that’s 750 hours, a factor of more than 10.  And for LED’s? They average about 25,000 hours of use. Even if you were to keep the bulb on 24/7, you would only be replacing your bulbs every 15 years. Realistically, you’ll get more than 30 years of use out of an LED light bulb for a fraction of the energy use. 

While replacing all the bulbs in your house at once is a good option, it can be expensive. Try picking up a bulb two each month and replacing your most used fixtures: and watch the savings add up. 

2. Replace your old windows and doors

After replacing light bulbs, one of the most important things you can do for your home is to add energy efficient windows and doors. One of the ways homes lose energy efficiency the fastest is to have leaks in the thermal envelope of your home where cold air can get inside in the winter and warm air enters in the summer. 

Windows and doors are the most likely culprit for these leaks because they are areas that connect the inside of your house and the outside, and they move. It is much harder to seal moving parts than say, walls or roofs. 

A new set of high quality windows can go a long way to saving you money, and can often pay for themselves over a number of years by saving your household on heating and cooling costs.  

3. Install high-efficiency or Energy Star rated appliances 

Switching out old, inefficient appliances like your air conditioner, furnace, water heater, and even less essential appliances like air-cleaners and televisions can save your household incredible amounts of money over the life of the appliances. 

Purchasing appliances with high Energy Star ratings will ensure you’re getting the most efficiency from what you buy. 

For major appliances like furnaces, purchasing high-efficiency models can literally save hundreds of dollars per year over their less efficient models. Even if you have to pay a bit more at the outset, these costs will often pay for themselves in increased efficiency and savings over time.   

4. Add insulation

Do you ever drive around in the winter and see certain homes with large icicles and others with none? In general, the homes with icicles are less insulated than those with insulation. Heat rises, melting snow on the roof which then runs down only to refreeze, forming icicles. 

Icicles are the visual representation of lost energy that you could be keeping in your house by using more insulation. By adding insulation to your home, specifically in the attic, crawlspace, and walls, you can keep more of that warm air inside. 

Insulation is one of those home improvements that often saves money in the long-run—  and you can see it every winter hanging off the roof. 

5. Schedule a free home energy audit

Want to know where it might be best to put your home improvement dollars to get more bang for your buck? Aren’t sure whether spending your income on insulation, or windows and doors, or appliances might be best? Don’t know where to start? 

Schedule a free home energy audit with Premier Home Solutions and we can remove the guesswork. We’ll perform a detailed audit of the energy use of your home and see where your energy efficiency is doing great, where you could be doing better, and where you and your family can save money and the environment, all while being more comfortable in temperature extremes.