Going more energy efficient can save you money and help keep the environment healthy as well. While changing your home to a more efficient place comes with some initial investment, you will make your money back in savings as time goes by.
Some changes can help your save money almost instantly, while others will slowly pay back over time. Another reason to do these types of updates is if you plan to sell your home. A more energy efficient home is more likely to sell quicker.
While it may not be cost effective to replace your decade old refrigerator that still works excellently with a new energy efficient one, if your chest freezer is a couple decades old and could die at any time then it’s probably a good time to shop.
The best way to go about switching over to appliances that use less energy is to buy them when it’s time for a change and your current appliances need to be replaced. Why not replace them with something that is going to save you money.
Is your house insulated? If so, when was that insulation put in. You may need to have someone come in and check on that. If you find that your house isn’t holding the cool air of your air conditioner in the summer or the warmth of your heater in the winter, you may need insulation.
Talk to professionals and do some price checking to find out what type of insulation will work best for your home. It will definitely help you save on both heating and cooling bills!
Your home’s insulation may not be the only thing that is letting heat escape from your home during the winter. It could have something to do with your windows as well. Unlike appliances, anytime is a good time to change your windows.
If your windows are leaking your indoor air outdoors, you have leaks or see them fog up often, or you can actually hear the whistle of the wind blowing through them, it’s time to invest in some energy efficient windows to help you save money.
Maybe it’s time to switch for those vinyl or wood floors to carpeted floors. While all types of flooring add insulation, it’s the padding under your carpet that adds to the amount of insulating your carpet actually does. So while it won’t save a ton of extra money, it may save you money on slippers.
The point is, carpeting definitely feels warmer on your feet in the winter than hard flooring, so if you forget the slippers or like to sit on the floor, carpeting could be the warmer choice.