1. Upgrade That Thermostat
If you haven’t already, it’s time to check out the latest technology to take your energy savings to the next level. A programmable thermostat can help keep you and your family’s energy saving goals on schedule, especially by reducing usage when you’re sleeping or away from home. You can even have your new system start heating or cooling your house to your liking an hour before you’ll be arriving, as well as control the temperature within different zones of your house so you aren’t overwhelming your HVAC for unoccupied spaces. With a Smart Thermostat, you can make adjustments from your smartphone or tablet while away from home and receive notifications when it’s time for HVAC maintenance… ’cause even the best of us can lose track of when we changed out that air filter!
2. Seal Air Leaks
Houses shift, regularly check all areas for leaks. For a comprehensive checklist, visit Energy.Gov’s Guide to Air Sealing Your Home
- Caulk and weatherstrip leaky doors and windows
- Major sources of air leakage can be attic and crawl space, where pressure differences are greatest
- Seal or caulk any air leaks where ducting, plumbing, electrical wiring comes through flooring, walls, ceilings, or cabinets
- Check HVAC ducting and units and inspect insulation for mold and air leaks
- Use foam sealant on any large gaps or holes where air could be leaking out of windows or baseboards
- Make sure your fireplace flue damper is tightly closed when not in use and make sure your dryer vent is not blocked, this prevent fire and saves energy
3. Get Shady
Plant trees or shrubs around your home for shade, as well as explore all the ways you can shade your windows from sunlight.
- Solar mesh screens
- Exterior blinds
4. Replace or Update Windows
While changing out your windows won’t make a big dent in your energy consumption, as a Dallas home remodeling contractor, we regularly help our clients pick out their new, perfect windows to complete their new space. For safety, fresh air, and better aesthetics, new window fixtures are a common part of the remodeling process in kitchens and living areas. Vinyl windows require no maintenance due to never needing painting or scraping like wood windows, last an average of 20 to 40 years, and the insulated frame and affordability make them a regular recommendation for our remodeling clients.
5. Lighting Adds Up
The cost to light your home can account for over 20% of your electric bill. Get the whole family on board to keep lights off when they leave a room, and check out the latest choices in energy-efficient lighting. New energy saving lightbulbs cost a little more up front but save you money in the future, and can be found at most home improvement or hardware stores. Shop halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to light all areas of your home with less energy usage.