Whether you’re looking to save some money on your monthly energy bills or you just want to cut down on your carbon footprint, there are many ways that you can make your home more energy efficient. Not only will these updates help out your pocketbook, they can have the added benefit of increasing the overall value of your home. If you’re looking for a new home in the Mt. Vernon area, check out the beautiful homes offered by Mt. Vernon Dream Homes. We have the perfect modular home waiting for you, so call us today!
One of the biggest causes of high energy bills comes down to how well your home’s walls and attic are insulated. Too little insulation lets heat seep out in the winter and cold air out in the summer, which means your HVAC system will be working overtime to try to maintain a consistent temperature. With that added strain placed on your HVAC system, your energy bills will go up while your system’s expected lifespan goes down. An energy auditor will be able to determine if your home is under-insulated, as well as provide you with more advice for how you can improve your home’s energy efficiency, so it is valuable to contact one.
-Upgrade or Replace Windows
Your windows are your gateway to the outside world. However, they are also the biggest source of air leaks if their seal is not intact. Windows often encounter issues with their seals breaking, resulting in air seeping out, which costs you more to keep your home comfortable. If your home has older wooden or metal windows, they won’t be able to maintain a proper seal either. You can also notice issues with broken seals where dangerous mold will start to form, putting your family’s health at risk. Upgrading your windows to energy efficient models will avoid mold issues and prevent leaks, saving you stress, money, and improving the overall comfort of your home.
-Shady Trees and Shrubs
An often overlooked aspect of improving a home’s energy efficiency is working in conjunction with your home’s natural passive heating and cooling potential. A great way to cut down on how much you use your air conditioner in the summer is by planting some shade-bearing trees and shrubs in areas that get the most sunlight. This will help you maintain cool temperatures inside without having to run the AC all summer long. Through the summer, this foliage will help block infrared radiation that would warm up the house, while the during the winter the bare branches will let that heat come in. This is an upgrade that helps you out year-round, while also boosting your home’s curb appeal.
-Replace Your Old Furnace
Furnaces built prior to 1992 and use a standing pilot end up wasting around 35 percent of the fuel it uses. Beyond that, it is likely toward the end of its expected lifespan. Upgrading to an energy efficient system will improve your home’s overall efficiency while saving you as much as 27 percent on your heating bills.
-Boost Your Hot Water System’s Efficiency
There are some ways that you can improve your current hot water system to make it run more efficiently. The first thing to do is turn it down to its warm setting (around 120 degrees Fahrenheit). Then, insulate the hot water lines so they retain more of the heat between uses, which means it will use less energy to heat up less water. It’s also recommended to use low-flow fixtures for showers, baths, and toilets.
There are many more ways that you can improve your home’s energy efficiency, which we’ll be looking at in a future blog post. In the meantime, we hope these tips help you on your way to lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint. If you’re looking for a new home, check out what Mt. Vernon Dream Homes has to offer you. Our beautiful modular homes are available as both single section and multi-section homes, so you can find the perfect fit for your family. Take a look at some of the ones we have on display, then give us a call to learn how to get started today! We hope to help you into the home of your dreams soon.