6 Ways to Keep Your Home More Energy Efficient


The climate crisis is a big topic right now, and being a little greener at home is becoming more of a top priority for most people in the Western world. Being green (or eco-friendly) is not only fashionable right now, but it’s also come at the best possible time to help the planet recover, and there’s a lot you can do at home to ensure your home is more energy-efficient.

So if you’re looking for ways to improve your energy efficiency, here are a few ideas to help you get started.

Your refrigerator is one of the biggest energy hogs in the home. It can account for a large proportion of your electricity bills. The first step to reducing that is to go out and buy an Energy Star rated refrigerator. For maximum sustainability, use any remaining credits towards renewable energy sources.

  • Upgrade Your Windows

Upgrading your windows is a great way to cut down on your energy bill by making your home more energy-efficient. Double glazing is good, but triple glazing is better. Worried that energy-efficient windows are ugly? Even modern timber windows can be energy efficient, and they look much nicer than normal windows.

Have your insulation and windows professionally installed by experts — this way, you’ll know the job is done properly.

  • Solar Panels on Your Roof

If you have the space to install them, solar panels are probably the smartest long-term investment you can make for your home, both in terms of cost savings and environmental impact. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to install them, they can still be a great way of cutting energy bills and cutting down on pollution.

  • Installing a Rainwater Harvesting System

A rainwater harvesting system is one of the best ways to cut down on your water use. It can help you reduce your water bill and save money that would otherwise be spent on water utilities. This is especially beneficial for those living in arid areas. It must be noted that, in some states, rainwater harvesting is actually against the law; please check your local laws.

Water treatment plants remove the most harmful water pollutants from city water. However, these plants add chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine to the water. If you have well water, your water may also be high in minerals that can affect its taste. A whole-home water filtration system is the best eco-friendly option to ensure that your water is safe.

  • Make Sure Your Car Runs Efficiently

Your car is the largest energy consumer in your home, and it’s important that you make sure that it uses fuel efficiently. Here are a few ways to make sure that you do:

Automatic Transmission: Drive in an automatic transmission if possible, this will mean less wear and tear on the transmission, and it will also mean less engine wear and tear. This will, in turn, save you money on gas, maintenance costs, and repairs in the future.

Fuel-Efficient Engines: If you have a choice, go for fuel-efficient engines or hybrids. Look for something with low or zero emissions. Route your commute in ways to cut down on travel time, avoid stop-and-go driving, and don’t drive at peak times of the day.

  • Heating

Be sure that your heating system is efficient by choosing the right size boiler/fuel type to match your needs. For example, some homes do well with electric heaters as opposed to oil heaters; others may not need any heating at all (air conditioning is an excellent alternative). The right size of boiler is also vital; you don’t want to be paying for a huge heating system that your home doesn’t need.

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