We’re fortunate to be living in a time where technology and innovation are king. Between smart devices, apps, and more accessibility to solar power, there are tons of ways to live more efficiently.
Adopting some energy-efficient habits isn’t as hard as you may think. Here are just 10 ways you can make your home more efficient.
- Change filters regularly on the air-conditioning and heating unit.
- Adjust the thermostat. Raising the temperature just one degree saves 7 percent to 10 percent on cooling costs.
- Install a smart thermostat - A smart thermostat, like Nest, regulates your home temperature to provide optimal comfort while working at peak efficiency. You can even adjust the temperatures from your phone or computer when you’re away.
- Choose a more energy-efficient air-conditioning unit. The higher the seasonal energy efficiency, or SEER, rating, the more efficient the unit. Look for a rating of 13 or greater.
- Switch to LED or CFL lights - Remove all those old lightbulbs around your home and switch them out to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. These offer longer lasting light and more energy efficiency than your old incandescent bulbs.
- Purchase energy-efficient appliances - When you’re shopping for home appliances, be sure to look for the Energy Star label on everything—dishwashers, washing machines, ovens, refrigerators, dryers, etc. The label means that a third party has verified that the product uses low energy or water.
- Replace the clothes washer, dishwasher, refrigerator and dryer with Energy Star appliances.
- Add ceiling fans and portable fans to help circulate the air and cut down on air conditioner use.
- Set water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
- Plant trees on the west, south and east sides to shade the house.