If you notice that your energy bill is climbing higher and higher each month, it might be time to make some energy-efficient upgrades. There are a number of different upgrades that you can make to your home to make it more energy efficient and to reduce your energy bill each month. If you have been thinking about making energy-efficient changes to your home, consider the following options.
Update Your Windows
Your windows can either insulate your home well or let the cold or warm air circulate when it shouldn't be. If your windows are older, chances are that they don't insulate well and are letting air from outside into your home and air from inside your home out, resulting in energy loss.
Updating your windows can lower your heating and cooling cost, and there are a number of different energy-efficient windows to choose from. Consider insulated windows. These windows are double paned, usually with a layer of gas in-between the layers, which better keeps the air inside your home where it should be, inside. To even further add energy efficiency to your windows, consider an energy-efficient glaze, like a low e-coating, which is a very very thin, almost invisible layer of metallic oxide on your windows.
Update Your Light Bulbs
If you are using standard incandescent light bulbs, it might be time to upgrade all your light fixtures to LED bulbs. High-quality LED bulbs use up to 75% less energy than standard bulbs, overall. Not only that, but LED light bulbs last much longer than standard light bulbs, meaning that you will have to replace them less often. LED lights are also durable, and won't produce heat. Changing out your light bulbs is an inexpensive, easy way to make your home more energy efficient.
Update To A Tankless Water Heater
If you have a standard water heater with a tank, you might find that significant energy costs come from heating your water in that tank. One way to save more energy is to update your old water heater with a new, tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters work by heating the water as needed as it travels through the heater, rather than heating up a large amount of water in a tank.
Try one, or all, of these energy efficient upgrades to see the difference that it makes in your home. If your home uses less than 41 gallons of hot water a day, you can save up to 34% on your energy costs by switching to a tankless water heater! Contact a company like Smedley & Associates, Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning to have one installed today.