Hello and welcome back to the RGS blog! In our last blog, we began discussing the ways in which you can make your home more energy efficient. Having an energy efficient home isn’t just about the renewable energy that you choose or don’t choose to use. For a home to be truly energy efficient, the homeowner must approach efficiency from a holistic perspective. You must consider all the ways your home could be using more energy than it needs and think about all the modern technology we have that can allow you to use less energy altogether.
From Part 1
In part one, we discussed the benefits that switching your old incandescent light bulbs and fixtures could have. LED and fluorescent bulbs can provide the same color of light while using far less energy. LED light bulbs also tend to last longer than incandescent light bulbs anyway — a win-win! We also talked about the effects that our windows can have on our energy consumption. When our windows are drafty, we use more energy to heat or cool our home. Also, if you choose to upgrade to new windows, consider upgrading your screens as well to solar screens, no-see-um screens, or even pet screens. Having more natural light in your home can also make your residence more energy-efficient. Installing skylights or bigger windows can dramatically light your home and even affect your health and mood. Keep reading to learn more in part two!
Keep up with HVAC maintenance
Your appliances, including your HVAC system, will only run as well as you take care of them. An HVAC system that is dirty or in need of maintenance or repair will consume more energy than one that is running at its most effective and efficient. Keep up with HVAC maintenance with seasonal services visits. Getting your system checked in late summer and early fall will make sure your furnace will run well the entire winter, and having your AC unit checked in the spring before the summer heat comes is a must. Have an old system? Consider upgrading to a newer, more efficient version!
Seal Up Your Home
Depending on your level of craftsmanship and the age of your home, you may be losing heat or cool air because your home isn’t sealed properly. Use caulk, spray foam, and other sealants to fill in areas around vents, in your basement, attic, around your windows, and any other vulnerable place. If you feel a draft, you most likely have a leak nearby. Leaky spots won’t just cause your HVAC system to run harder and longer, but it could give pests the perfect opportunity to take up residence in your home and, in our opinion, the only guests you should have in your home are those that you invited. Seal up your home and enjoy a more comfortable and energy-efficient living space.
Upgrade to Energy Efficient Appliances
Your HVAC system isn’t the only appliance in your home that can affect the energy efficiency of your home. All of your appliances draw on your power supply and can dramatically affect your home’s efficiency. Maintaining your appliances with regular service visits can make your appliances more efficient. However, investing in new appliances that are Energy-Star approved and high-efficiency certified will make a difference in not only the energy that you consume, but also, for those applicable appliances, limit your water consumption as well. Though the initial investment to upgrade your home may seem intimidating, the return that you receive will be worth it.
Install a Solar Power System
Lastly, installing a solar power system is the means for seeing incredible, exponential energy savings. As with any upgrades, you will have upfront costs, but if you take advantage of RGS’s payment plans and the incentives offered by the state and federal government, you will quickly see a return on your investment. To learn more about the advantages that a solar power system can provide your home, visit our website and contact us with your questions. RSG serves California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and beyond, and we are America’s Original Solar Company®. We would love to help you explore your options for installing a solar array for your home!