Dare to Live Green: Best Practices for Having an Energy Efficient HomeRoss and Witmer
An energy efficient home in Belmont, NC, saves you money, reduces your carbon footprint, and helps you live a healthier life. If you’re interested in living green, consider these best practices for making your home as energy efficient as possible.
Hire a Professional For an Energy Audit
An energy audit finds areas where you might be wasting energy in your home and allows you to remedy those problems. The audit might detect air leaks in your attic, for instance, or find that you haven’t weatherized your garage properly. Once you know how and when your home uses energy, you can take steps to reduce your energy consumption. Consult an HVAC expert to schedule an energy audit.
Add More Insulation to Your Home
A poorly insulated home loses unnecessary energy, especially during the hottest and coldest months of the year. While you shouldn’t over-insulate the house, do make sure you have enough. Adding insulation to bathrooms or around an attic or crawlspace can drastically reduce problems with heat loss and gain. It can also make your home more comfortable because you won’t experience as many drafts or hot spots.
Replace Older HVAC Components
An old air conditioner, furnace, or other appliance might consume hundreds of dollars worth of extra energy every year. Replacing an old unit might come with an up-front cost, but you’ll see your energy bills drop in the subsequent months. Hire a trained HVAC installer to help you choose an appropriate unit and to install it properly.
Choose Energy Star Appliances
Not only do Energy Star appliances help you save money on energy bills, but some even come with tax incentives. Whether you’re buying a new computer, refrigerator, water heater, or stove, look for the Energy Star logo. These appliances consume less energy and therefore have smaller carbon footprints.
Learning to live green takes time, but every small step you take makes a difference. To optimize your home for energy efficiency, call us at (704) 392-6188 and we’ll schedule an appointment.