Between the benefits to the environment, cost savings, and added resale value potential, there are plenty of reasons to make you home more energy efficient. This doesn’t have to mean living “off the grid” or growing all your own food. There are some pretty simple steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home to lower utility costs and eliminate waste. Here are just 6 ways you can make your home more energy efficient.
1. Seal or Upgrade Your Windows
One of the greatest benefits of resealing or upgrading your windows is that you can keep your home warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and save on energy costs by making a simple change. It almost seems too simple, but this small home improvement project can make a big difference in your home’s energy efficiency.
2. Start a Compost Pile
Something as simple as a compost pile can help to make your home more energy efficient. By diverting waste from your trash and garbage disposal, a compost pile can help you efficiently re-purpose organic waste. Plus, composting can save you on fertilizer and mulching costs for your garden and landscaping.
3. Make Sure Your Home is Properly Insulated
Chances are, you already inspect your home regularly to make sure it is properly insulated. This usually entails checking for drafty areas and preparing your roof for cold, winter weather. By insulating areas of your home and repairing any problem areas, you can boost your home’s energy efficiency quite a bit, resulting in lower energy costs and a more comfortable home.
4. Switch to LED Bulbs
This simple switch can have an impact on your energy costs! LED Bulbs are much more energy efficient than traditional incandescent ones, lasting for much longer and reducing your carbon footprint in the long run.
5. Install Solar Panels
While installing solar panels can be expensive, any amount of solar panel can go a long way to a more energy efficient home. Even if your home is not totally reliant on solar power, solar panels can greatly reduce your electric bill and help the environment at the same time.
6. Adjust Water Usage
Adjusting your water usage may not seem like a big deal, but using less water can reduce your energy bills by a significant amount. Shorter showers and less frequent laundry, in addition to low-flow water fixtures, can save you hundreds of dollars while helping you avoid waste.
Ready to Make Your Home Energy Efficient? Contact Blair Construction Today!
If you are looking for professionals you can trust to transform your home into one that’s energy efficient, contact Blair Construction. We have been serving our valued Maryland customers for almost thirty years and look forward to giving your home the care it needs for years to come. Contact us online or give us a call at (410) 729-0777 to get a free in-home estimate. To see examples of our work and get updates on what we are up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Houzz