Saving Energy with Home Improvement
We are all looking for ways to lower our energy bill, especially during these winter months. Many homeowners believe that creating a more energy efficient home can be a costly project. Yet, embarking on a more energy efficient home will be beneficial in the long run. You will not only save energy, but you can also save your wallet by just making a few changes in your home.
Heating your home, conventionally, can consume 29 percent of annual household energy costs. Ouch! In order to lower this percentage, it’s not a bad idea to start adding extra insulation around your home. Replacing or adding extra insulation and swapping out leaky doors and windows is the most effective way to keep warm air in and cold air out which improves energy efficiency while also reducing your heating bill.
Save with radiant floor heating. Unlike forced air heating systems, under-floor radiant heating warms your body and the objects surrounding you, rather than heating the air, ultimately eliminating inconsistent room temperatures. Having your home consistently warmed by radiant floor heating is not only more energy efficient but also it is more comfortable and soothing than conventional heat.
Can’t get enough of radiant heat? WarmlyYours also offers LAVA® Radiant Heating Panels that will provide you with unparalleled heating performance. The panels were designed with an ECO- LAVA® principle, which allows you to maintain the same warmth as a regular heating system but at a lower capacity. The LAVA® Radiant Heating Panels are environmentally friendly and are proven reduce your heating expenses by an average of 12% annually. These panels are the perfect solution to lower your energy bill and create a more energy efficient household.
Did you know that the annual energy bill of the typical single-family home is about $2,200 with 13 percent of that amount being consumed by appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, and other large appliances? So don’t be afraid of replacing old appliances that are at the end of their functional life with newer, more efficient ones. There are endless options of Energy Star certified products you can install in your home that will save you money and energy over time.
It’s not only household heating that can take a toll financially, but cooling is also responsible for a large chunk — about 17 percent — of annual household energy costs. Saving on cooling is as easy as dialing up your thermostat a degree. For every degree above 72 that you raise your thermostat, you can save 3 to 5 percent in energy costs. For optimum energy efficiency, make sure your air conditioner has clean filters and is functioning properly. Also, it never hurts to shade your windows or to install a fan to use instead of an air conditioner.
Lowering your energy bill has never been easier. All it takes is a few home improvements and maybe some upgrades and your wallet will be thanking you.