10 Tips for Creating an Energy Efficient Home

There are countless benefits to creating an energy efficient home from the environmental stipulations to the overall financial benefits. Here are some helpful tips and suggestions for making sure your home is getting the best of both worlds.

  1. Replace your old(er) appliances
    • Switching your refrigerator, washer/dryers, or dishwasher to a more energy efficient model, such as EnergyStar, can help the efficiency of your home overall.

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  2. Install a programmable thermostat
    • Smart and strategic temperature choices can help you save money and keep you environmentally friendly.
  3. Keep heat inside
    • This one may escape our thoughts but many areas where air can come and go are an opportunity for heat to escape. Check the weather stripping on your door seals.
  4. Replace old, leaky windows
    • By switching out your older, crooked, beat up windows for newer, low emissivity models, you are reducing the transfer of heat, helping you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  5. Use energy efficient light bulbs

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    • CFLs and LEDs are great for replacing the incandescent bulbs in your home. Although some people don’t like the look of fluorescent lights, LEDs in a soft/warm tone are a great alternative, and eco-friendly.
  6. Install low-flow showerheads and toilets
    • Improving water-usage in your home will make it much more efficient, saving you money and saving the environment.
  7. Insulate your walls and attic
    • Trapping heat, where you might not notice it escaping, can be a major money saver.
  8. Use fans to cool and circulate the air
    • Ceiling fans and portable fans are much more energy efficient and cost-effective to operate than the air conditioner.
  9. Lower the temperature settings on your water cooler
    • A home water heater really only needs to be between 120 and 140 degrees, anything hotter and it’s really just a waste of money and electricity.
  10. Mount solar panels onto your sunlit roof
    • Solar panels can provide significant energy cost savings because the electricity generated by the panels can be transferred into your home’s usage or back onto the “electricity grid”.

 

For your next energy efficient home, call the Great Florida Homes Team at (954) 695-SOLD

Written by Daniela Ortiz and the Great Florida Homes Team

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