As technology changes, so too do our homes. The modern house is equipped with an array of energy-efficient solutions—from LED bulbs to geothermal heating and cooling systems—but how can you upgrade your existing systems to be environmentally friendly and cost-efficient?
Nearly all of the heat generated by your HVAC system can be lost through a poorly insulated attic. It’s imperative to insulate attic floors, in particular, to keep heat trapped in the living quarters and not in an upstairs storage room where it doesn’t belong.
Unlike traditional thermostats, which have to be adjusted while someone is home, new models can be regulated from your smart phone or computer or can be programmed to recognize when you come and go to avoid cranking the heat or air conditioning when it’s unnecessary.
As one of the first mainstream energy-efficient switches, LED lightbulbs are now commonplace in most homes. However, if you still have yet to make the switch, it’s worth it to forgo the energy-sucking incandescent bulbs for LEDs, which can save you hundreds of dollars (and last for years).
Faucets and Fixtures
A leaky sink could account for hundreds of gallons of water lost each year, but it’s not just dripping faucets that are the problem. Most sinks and showers produce a high-flow volume of water, and switching to a low-flow model can save you money and waste less water.