Whether your home is brand new or was built a hundred years ago, there are probably still plenty of ways to make your new home energy efficient. These days there are always innovations being made in home construction and appliance production to increase energy efficiency in the home. Making your home more energy efficient will not only save you money and provide you with tax credits in some cases, but it can also be good for the environment as well.
Today, San Deigo moving service Move Central, Inc., is going to give you a few tips for making your new home more energy efficient.
Fill The Cracks
For under $10 in most cases, you can purchase caulk and a caulk gun to fill up any cracks or holes in your home that may be letting the weather in and your air conditioning or heating out. A good way to find a crack is to take a lit incense stick around your home and see where the smoke starts to move. Anywhere this occurs, there is a leak in your home that can be filled up. Around your windows and doors are always suspect places for cracks, and these can also be filled with weather stripping.
Check What’s Going On Upstairs
If your new home is an older home, the attic may be the first place you need to check for energy efficiency. Depending on where you live, you need a specific amount of insulation in your attic for maximum efficiency, and if you do not have enough or it has become compacted over time, it is easy to just get an insulation company to blow a few inches in to top it off. This will be a great help in keeping your home warm during the winter and cool during the summer.
Decrease Your Water Usage
Many homes built before 1995 still have a high-flow toilet. Removing these older models and replacing them with the newer low-flow ones can take a big chunk out of your water bill. You can also replace older water faucets and shower heads with aerating or low-flow ones that lower the amount of water you use and have to pay for.
Get Energy Efficient Appliances
Several appliance upgrades can easily be made to save you money on your electric bills. Some of the most commonly upgraded appliances are washers and dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Another, often overlooked, but very costly appliance, is your older traditional water heater. Because it has to constantly reheat the water it stores, it costs you about 25% more per year to heat your water than a tankless water heater would, as it heats water only when you need it.
Have An Audit Performed
Many local electric companies provide energy audits for the homes they supply. If you want to save money, and/or decrease your carbon footprint, you can have one done on your home. The auditor will conduct several tests that will show you where energy is being lost and how you can fix any problem you currently have energy-wise. If there is not an auditor available from your electric company, they may be able to tell you who provides them locally.
Our San Diego local moving company hopes that this article has given you a few ideas on how you can save money and make your new home energy efficient. If our San Diego movers can do anything else to make your transition to your new home easier, please let us know!