Efficiency: How To Make Your Home Work For Your Dollar

Christy | 10:28 AM |

Making your home work for your hard earned dollars will result in a better return if you can make your home more energy-efficient. There are a number of ways to invest in your home to achieve this goal. A home will be energy-efficient when steps are taken to reduce energy usage
  • Usage Meters

This is a device that allows you to measure the electric usage of various devices in your home. You can find this tool on Amazon and other online sites. This device works like an adapter. One end will plug into the outlet on the wall and the power cord for the appliance will plug into the device. The display will show you the amount of electricity that all your appliances use. You can keep a list of all electronic devices that are in your home.
  • Light Bulbs

Replacing traditional incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs is an easy way to make your home work better for you when using electricity. You can now use a CFL bulb in a lamp that has three stages or in a light that used a dimmer switch. CFL bulbs are not as hot and do not use as much energy as an incandescent bulb. The result is a decrease of energy that is used in your home.
  • Thermostat

Many homes have thermostats that can be programmed to set temperatures for various times of the day or night. However, a smart thermostat can be installed to work with an app for your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device. The benefit of a smart thermostat is that it is able to detect when you are anyone else in is a room. A smart thermostat can turn off heating and cooling in your home when you are out of the house.
  • Solar Power

The addition of solar panels to your home allow you to collect energy from the sun. This is an expense that will give you solar power from infinite energy. You can even sell excess power back to your utility company. Also, check to see if you qualify for solar power rebates.
  • Windows

Money is well spent when replacing old windows in your home with ones that are energy efficient. Old windows are a cause of energy loss because they often leak air.
  • Insulation

The addition of insulation to an attic or crawl space will help to limit heat loss. Insulation will help you keep lower floors of your home warmer. This will translate into lower energy costs as your furnace will not need to run as often to maintain a set temperature.

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