Increase your Home Efficiency this Earth Day

Making your home more energy-efficient can not only help you save money on your energy bills but also reduce your carbon footprint, and it’s a great way to celebrate Earth Day. Here are some ways to make your home more energy-efficient:

Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances: Appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers consume a significant amount of energy. Consider replacing your old, energy-hungry appliances with energy-efficient models that are certified by Energy Star.

Switch to LED light bulbs: LED light bulbs use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer.

Install a programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat can help you save energy by automatically adjusting your home’s temperature based on your schedule.

Seal air leaks: Inspect your home for air leaks around doors, windows, and other openings. Seal any gaps with weatherstripping, caulk, or foam.

Upgrade your insulation: Adequate insulation can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Consider upgrading your insulation to reduce energy waste.

Use power strips: Many appliances continue to draw power even when turned off. Plug them into a power strip and turn off the strip when not in use to eliminate this “vampire” energy usage.

Plant trees: Planting trees around your home can provide shade in the summer, reducing the amount of energy needed to cool your home.

These are just a few ways to make your home more energy-efficient. By taking steps to reduce your energy consumption, you can help protect the environment and save money on your energy bills. Have questions about how to stay energy efficient? Reach out to one of our real estate experts for their input!