Hello and welcome back to the RGS blog! Often when we think of energy efficiency, we think about one aspect of our home. For instance, we think about switching to solar energy, or upgrading our old worn out washing machine and dryer to a newer more energy efficient model. However, it is always a great idea to take a step back and look at your home from a more holistic perspective in which all the various parts of your home all contribute to the bigger goal of saving money and energy. Energy efficiency isn’t just about about what renewable source of energy you use, though one “small” change can make a big impact. It is about taking advantage of all available opportunities and creating the best situation possible. Today, we are going to dive in and look at all areas of the home to consider when creating an energy efficient residence.
Install Energy Efficient Lights
Not all lights were created equal. Older lighting fixtures, and incandescent light bulbs in particular, tend to use more energy than newer features and light bulb alternatives such as LED bulbs and fluorescent lights. We understand that your first reaction might be disappointment. The soft light from our incandescent bulbs is pleasant. Don’t be disheartened! LED bulbs and some fluorescent bulbs come in a variety of light colors so you don’t have to have a harsh light color.
If you feel like you are always in the dark or using your electrically powered light sources, it might be time to re-evaluate your natural light sources. Natural light is completely free and, of course, uses no energy. Installing skylights in your home can be a great way for the interior of your home to no longer feel like a cave and to create openness while using less energy. Enjoying more natural light might also improve your mood and overall health. You could also consider installing more windows or bigger windows.
Replace Your Windows & Screens
If you do replace your windows and screens, before you head down to your local home improvement store or pick the first contractor that you see, take a moment to consider your options and what you really want. Think about if you want bigger or better quality windows. When you do pick your windows, pick those that seal well, to keep the cool or warm air inside your home. Also, think about upgrading your screens. The types of screens available to you are truly endless. Solar screen and other screen options allow you to shade your home from the sun, which means less wear and tear on your home and fewer reasons to run the AC. If teeny-tiny bugs are making their way into your home and keeping you from opening your windows, consider upgrading to no-see-um screen designed to keep the tiny-est creepies and crawlies out.
Stay Tuned for Part Two
There are so many ways to improve your home’s efficiency. Stay tuned for part two of our blog series and consider the financial, personal, and global benefits that having an energy efficient home could have on your life.
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