888.754.8299
25 University Drive, Amherst, MA
energy efficient

11 Ways to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

Global warming is affecting our environment. In order to help reduce the effects of global warming, you can make your home more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Not only will it be good for the environment, but it can help save some money on those energy and utility bills. Being energy-efficient is a win-win. Here are some things you can do around the house.

 

  1. Switch to Energy Star Appliances – Your washer, dryer, fridge, and other large home appliances use a lot of electricity. By switching over to Energy Star rated appliances, you could end up saving money.
  2. Change to LED bulbs – these light bulbs are far more efficient than traditional light bulbs. They are also known to last a long time.
  3. Use Cold Water for Laundry – Using cold water saves electricity while still getting your clothes clean. There’s no need to wash your clothes on high heat!
  4. Recycle – though this seems like a no-brainer, make sure to recycle when you can!
  5. Only Run the Dishwasher When Full – the dishwasher can use a lot of water. In order to save some water, wait until it is completely full before running it.
  6. Pay Bills Online – instead of receiving the paper version of your bills, request e-bills instead. It saves a lot of paper. And sometimes, companies will offer discounts by switching over to electronic payments. Some insurance companies are known to do this!
  7. Get a Smart Thermometer – A smart thermometer could save you money on your heating or electric bills. A smart thermometer will let you set your home to a cooler temperature when no one is home, thus saving money and energy.
  8. Fix Dripping Faucets – A dripping faucet is extremely wasteful and preventable. Fix those leaky faucets!
  9. Solar Panels – while this option can be more expensive initially, it is a great eco-friendly option. Solar panels could potentially save you money in the long run since you will be generating your own electricity!
  10. Insulate – insulation is what keep your home hot in the winter, and cool in the summer. By making sure that your home is properly insulated, you could save on your energy bills. You may also want to glaze the windows, or install carpeting to prevent heat escaping.
  11. Low Flow Shower Head – using a low flow shower head can save water, while still allowing you to get a good shower pressure. Look for the EPA Watersense label to ensure that it’s efficient.

 

Being energy efficient good for the environment and for your bank account. There are lots of ways to save energy in your home, but these are just a few quick tips. For some energy efficient upgrades, you may be eligible for a rebates or even tax reductions! And while you are making these improvements to your home, make sure that you home is protected! Having homeowners insurance can help protect your home from unexpected events. Talk to an agent about your energy saving home improvements and other ways to protect your home!

 

Call an Encharter agent today at 888.754.8299!

 

Additional sources:
https://www.energystar.gov/
https://www.travelers.com/tools-resources/home/renovation/how-to-make-your-home-more-energy-efficient

Read More