Making Your Home Energy Efficient
A happy home is one that is healthy and economically viable, but what if I told you your home could also be energy efficient and “green” while being cost effective? This isn’t an impossibility; it’s a reality, and one that you could make happen! Greenserve believes in protecting the environment, and helping you save money, which is why we put together this list of ways to help make your home more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and save you money.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Small changes can make a huge difference, especially in your home’s energy efficiency. One of the easiest changes you can do to make a difference on your environmental footprint and your wallet is to switch your inside and outside light bulbs. Older homes are equipped with cheaper incandescent bulbs. Using these types of lights can account for 12% of your home’s energy bill and 10% of the household’s electricity use. Switching to energy efficient light bulbs use less electricity, and they last longer, saving you money.
Energy efficient bulbs come in light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). CFLs and LEDs use 75% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs and last 10 to 25 times longer. Because these bulbs last longer, they don’t need to be replaced as often, reducing costs associated with replacing lights. Less light bulbs will end up in landfills, and your home will be more energy efficient.
Another advantage of LEDs and CFLs is the amount of heat that they emit. Standard incandescent light bulbs emit a lot of heat, which means your air conditioner has to work harder to offset that heat, and in our North Carolina climate, extra heat is not what anyone’s air conditioning wants.
CFLs and LEDs have evolved over the years to fill many needs, from recessed lighting to dimming switches. CFLs now emit a soft yellow light instead of the harsh light from when they were first introduced. Many utility companies offer programs that allow you to receive these bulbs for free or get rebates. Even if your utility company doesn’t offer that, most CFLs and LEDs are only marginally more expensive than incandescent bulbs, so switching your lightbulbs can be a cheap and easy change to make your house more energy efficient.
Making Your Heating and Air Energy Efficient
Heating and air conditioning are the biggest ways that you use energy. 43% of your home’s energy usage goes to heating and air, so reducing the energy from your heating and air can be a big money saver and help the environment.
One way to reduce your heating and air costs is to install a smart meter. A smart meter can be programmed so that your heating/air only turns on at certain times of the day. It can be set to turn on an hour before you get home from work to start heating and/or cooling the house and turn off when you leave in the morning. A smart meter gives you more freedom because you don’t have to remember to turn the thermostat up or down before you leave every morning.
It may not be enough to just install a smart meter or remember to turn up or down the air. The insulation in your home may be lacking or insufficient, causing air to seep through into the outside or allowing air into your house. Good insulation will hold in the heat and air, meaning that you won’t need to burn extra energy to heat or cool the house. The walls and roof of your house need to be properly insulated or you will lose money and energy efficiency.
Insulating your attic will also help with energy efficiency. Heat rises and roofs are normally dark colored and absorb the sun’s heat, and your attic can be as much as 50 degrees warmer than the rest of your house. If your attic is insulated properly, then it will act as a tight seal, keeping the air in your house. Your air conditioner and heater won’t have to work as hard to keep all the extra attic heat from adding heat to your ceilings.
If your attic is still a concern, even with proper insulation, you can install an attic fan. An attic fan is another excellent way to reduce the energy you use to heat/cool your home. Attic fans are mounted on the roof and push hot air out of your attic, keeping it from entering your home and reducing how much air conditioning you need.
Greenserve offers full-service insulation and solar powered attic fans. If you are interested in our insulation and/or our attic fans to help you improve your home energy efficiency, follow the links to their respective pages. We’d be happy to help you will all of your home energy efficiency needs!
Sealing Air Leaks for More Energy
Your high heating and air bill might not just be from your HVAC system. Insulation, leaky ductwork, and air leakage are also factors that cause your HVAC system to run excessively, costing you money and hurting your home efficiency. Fortunately, Greenserve professionals are experts at home energy efficiency and will complete a home energy assessment for your home for free! We will identify your home’s energy inefficiencies and will offer you practical and affordable solutions.
One of the many energy solutions we offer is leak sealing. Air travels freely and can fit through even the smallest of spaces. Even a tiny leak can cost you extra money and decrease your energy efficiency. Your heating ducts is one of the sneakiest culprits. Up to 30% of the air moving through your ducts is lost to leaks. By insulating your heating ducts, you can save money on heating bills and conserve energy throughout your home.
Most of the air that leaks out of your house is from the floor walls and ceilings. This can come from empty wall space, insulation gaps, floors, roof intersections, and more. Other culprits (besides the ducts, floors, walls, and ceilings) are plumbing entries, electrical outlets, fireplace, doors, windows, and fans/vents. It’s important to plug, insulate, repair, caulk, or seal any section of your house that is leaking air. This will save you a ton of money and can really stack up in terms of energy efficiency.
If you think your house has air leakage, we can help! Call us now to schedule a free energy audit and visit our page on air sealing.
Solar Energy – A Green Solution to Energy Efficiency
Solar energy sounds like a wonderful idea, but can be seen as a scary investment. However, more at-home solar power has been installed over the 2 years than in the previous 30 years combined. Over the past decade, home solar installation has grown almost 75% each year due to major decreases in manufacturing and installation costs. Your home could be one of the many that is investing in solar energy, saving them money and providing an environmentally friendly alternative to energy.
Solar panels are an essential investment for the future. They will save you money and reduce your monthly electricity bill. It will also protect you from the cost increases from electric companies. Solar energy is completely clean energy and an investment you can feel good about. Solar panels can sometimes even make enough energy to allow you to sell some back to the grid.
Solar energy is a long-term investment, and you may not see a return on that investment for about 20 years. However, solar is an excellent way to conserve energy by producing your own, and will eventually pay for itself.
Greenserve offers solar panels! Just contact Greenserve for your free solar estimate today. Visit our solar energy page for more details and answers to frequently asked questions about solar energy.
Your Home and Your Energy
The professionals at Greenserve are committed to advanced energy solutions and helping you create the most energy efficient home possible. With warmer months creeping in, now is the perfect time for our free energy audit. We
will provide you with honest, applicable suggestions for making your home more energy efficient. We would be happy to discuss with you any of our energy efficiency options, including answering any of your questions.
Call us today at 704-798-3132 or fill out the form on the contact page. Let us help you save money and feel better about your home.