The pleasant, mild temperatures of Spring will soon give way to the heat of summer, and it’s never too early to start thinking about making your home more energy efficient. From small changes to large-scale improvements, everyone can find ways to increase efficiency regardless of their budget.
Habit – Turn your thermostat up when you leave the house.
Upgrade – Invest in a smart thermostat that allows you to program temperature changes throughout the day.
Habit – Save water by installing shut-off valves and water-savers, taking shorter showers, and only running your dishwasher when it’s full.
Upgrade – Consider installing a tankless hot water heater or electric heat pump to replace your traditional water heater.
Habit – Start switching over all the light bulbs in your home to energy-efficient LED bulbs.
Upgrade – Update your electrical panel and wiring to get prepared for future improvements, like electric car chargers and electric stoves.
Habit – Keep blinds or curtains closed to keep hot air and sunlight out.
Upgrade – Replace old, drafty windows with modern efficient ones. Modern windows filter UV light and could save you an average of 12% on your energy bill.
Don’t let a tight budget keep you from making your home more energy efficient! There are plenty of small behavioral changes you can make as you save for larger improvements.