Tips for Home Efficiency

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Earth Day is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to look at your home and discover how you can improve its efficiency. Making your home more energy-efficient is not only great for the planet, but it can also save you money on utilities.

In this blog, we'll share some tips for home efficiency that you can implement today!

  1. Upgrade to LED Lighting

Lighting can account for up to 12% of a typical household's energy bill. Switching to LED bulbs is an excellent way to reduce energy consumption and save money. LED bulbs use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer. LED bulbs are also cool, making them safer than incandescent bulbs, which can get hot and cause burns or fires.

  1. Install a Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat can help you save money on heating and cooling by automatically adjusting the temperature based on your schedule and preferences. A smart thermostat can help you save up to 10% on your energy bill by reducing energy usage when you're away from home or asleep. Some models even allow you to control your thermostat remotely through a smartphone app to make adjustments from anywhere.

  1. Seal Air Leaks

Air leaks around doors, windows, and pipes can cause your home's heating and cooling system to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature. By sealing these air leaks, you can improve your home's comfort and reduce your energy consumption. You can use weatherstripping or caulking to seal gaps around windows and doors and expanding foam or caulk to seal gaps around pipes.

  1. Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances

Appliances are some of the most significant energy consumers in your home. Upgrading to energy-efficient models can save money on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Look for appliances with the ENERGY STAR label, which indicates that they meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Upgrading to an energy-efficient refrigerator, for example, can save you up to $300 over its lifetime, while an energy-efficient washing machine can save you up to $370.

  1. Use Your Windows Wisely

Windows can have a significant impact on your home's energy efficiency. Close curtains and blinds on hot, sunny days to keep the sun's heat out. On cold winter days, open curtains and blinds to let the sun's warmth in. If your windows are old or drafty, consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows. ENERGY STAR windows can reduce energy bills by an average of 12% nationwide.

  1. Harness the Power of the Sun

Solar panels are an excellent way to harness the sun's power and generate electricity for your home. While installing solar panels can be expensive upfront, it can save you money in the long run and reduce your dependence on fossil fuels. In addition to generating electricity, solar panels can increase your home's value and make it more attractive to potential buyers.

  1. Maintain Your HVAC System

Your home's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is responsible for heating and cooling your home. By maintaining your HVAC system, you can ensure that it operates efficiently and lasts longer. Hire an HVAC professional to inspect your system annually and replace filters regularly. Dirty filters can cause your system to work harder and consume more energy, leading to higher utility bills.

Portland’s Trusted HVAC Services

At A-TEMP Heating, Cooling & Electrical, we are passionate about helping homeowners create more energy-efficient homes. If you need help implementing or exploring additional ways to improve your home's efficiency, we are here to help. Contact us today at (503) 694-3396 to schedule a consultation and create a more sustainable and cost-effective home.