If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you’ve been thinking for a while that you need to improve the energy efficiency of your house. When meeting with me, clients are always bringing up energy costs and ways of improving efficiency. Clearly it’s on a lot of people’s minds. With the current economic climate, many people are concerned about saving money. In addition, there has also been enhanced awareness about going green and reducing your carbon footprint. Fortunately there’s a lot of information available about how to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Continue reading
If you want to take advantage of the sun’s energy it doesn’t mean you have to have solar panels on your roof. Using passive solar design principles, your whole house can be designed in such a way that the sun helps to heat and light your house – without the use of panels, fans, or other mechanical equipment. You can reduce your energy costs because you’re using the sun as a source of free energy.
The heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system in your house represents the biggest chunk – up to 44% – of your utility bill. In addition, HVAC-related carbon dioxide emissions amount to 150 million tons a year. So if you want to reduce your carbon footprint and decrease your energy costs, the HVAC system is a great place to start. By implementing energy-efficient HVAC practices and replacing your system with a more efficient one, you can reduce your energy costs by 20 to 50%.
If you have an older home, you may find that your windows leak and let in cold air in the wintertime. Older windows can also be hard to open, dirty, warped, or inconvenient in other ways. The question is: are replacement windows worth it? Although windows can be costly, new windows will almost certainly reduce your energy bills and increase the comfort in your home.
Lighting accounts for 25 to 33 percent of a household’s annual electricity bill; fortunately, reducing lighting costs is as easy as changing a light bulb. There are two kinds of energy-efficient light bulbs, which use as much as 75 percent less electricity than traditional incandescents – and your bulb will last much longer. The energy-efficient bulbs save energy, reduce your bills, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Using timers and occupancy sensors with the bulbs will save even more energy and extend the life of your bulbs. Continue reading