We’re fortunate to be living in an era dominated by technology and innovation. Smart technology, transportation efficiencies, and useful apps are everywhere, making it easier for all of us to live more efficiently. So, with all of this amazing innovation, there is no reason for us to live a greener lifestyle.
Invest in Smart thermostats
Smart thermostats are some of the top energy-efficiency upgrades you can do. These gadgets save energy by keeping temperatures balanced as long as possible, particularly when you’re out of the home. In addition to that, if your schedule happens to be irregular, being able to remotely control your home’s heating through your phone will sound like a helpful idea. Installing a programmable thermostat enables you to raise the temperature if you’re away in the summer, or lower it if you’re not at home in the winter.
Insulate/ Replace windows
The right windows are more expensive but they will save you energy in the long run. You can even find low-emissivity coating on some models, which helps keep your home cool during hot weather and warm when winter is around! The best type of window is insulated with argon gas between the two panes. Also, look for those with low-emissivity coating on the glass. Expect to pay between $600 and $1000 for each window, but save up to 50% on your energy bills.
More and more light bulbs are hitting store shelves, but there’s a lot of variety in prices. Replacing your old traditional incandescent lights with an Energy Star-compliant option comes at a lower cost compared to other projects like replacing HVAC systems or adding insulation for example. Compact fluorescents (CFLs), for instance, not only use less than two-thirds of the energy required by standard bulbs, but they also last 10 times longer.
Upgrade to Energy-Efficient appliances
If your appliances are older than 10 years, it may be time to get rid of your old appliances in exchange for more energy-efficient ones — new fridges can use up to 40% less energy than the models sold 10 years ago. By replacing your old devices with Energy Star-certified appliances, you could save hundreds, and sometimes even thousands of dollars over your appliance’s life span.
Invest in attic insulation
It takes a great deal of energy to heat and cool your home — and proper insulation will prevent warm or cool air from escaping. Places you can add insulation include your attic, ceilings, doors, and windows. Some ways you can add insulation are through adding blow-in loose-fill cellulose or fiberglass insulation. In some cases, you can even do it yourself.
Consider Metal Roofing
Metal is considered the most environmentally friendly and sustainable roofing material available. Metal roofs are 100% recyclable and are made with a minimum of 25% recycled material, depending on the type of metal. Metal roofs can often be installed over an existing roof, eliminating the environmental impact of disposal. Metal roofing weighs half as much as asphalt, allowing newly constructed homes to be designed with a lighter structure. In contrast, a typical asphalt roof contains hundreds of gallons of crude oil and needs to be replaced every 12-20 years depending on the pitch of the roof. Approximately 40 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into landfills every year.
Invest in Smart Home Technology
In general terms, smart home technology refers to appliances or electronic devices such as thermostats and home entertainment systems that have been fitted with communication technology that allows homeowners to communicate with them either through remote control or automation. These devices are connected to the internet and allow homeowners to control them from smartphones, laptops, or tablets.
Smart device installation is accessed through a mobile app or website portal, which allows homeowners to monitor devices, system usage and manage any adjustments online. Smart devices collect useful data that can help homeowners make energy-conscious decisions for their homes.
Saving energy in your home (and keeping money in your pocket) comes from looking at both the big picture and your day-to-day habits. Analyze your home’s weak spots in order to prioritize your upcoming investments in energy efficiency.
You don’t need to make all of these changes in a year; instead, be strategic about your home improvement choices so that you’re incorporating smart energy solutions as well.