Many times homeowners engage in home remodeling projects which are designed to help the home be more energy efficient. While there are bigger projects such as replacement windows and reroofing projects that can be very beneficial, there are also a few ways to make a home more energy efficient without breaking the bank. Northern NJ homeowners can benefit from the following ideas designed to whittle down the energy bills without costing an enormous amount of money upfront.
It sounds too simple really, but simply replacing your refrigerator can translate into quite the energy savings. This appliance can be one of the biggest energy users in the house. Just over the last 5 years this particular appliance has undergone major changes in terms of energy use. For instance, when you compare the best “energy star” fridge from 2001 with the latest models available with today’s Energy Star rating you would see between a 20 and 40 percent improvement in terms of energy use. It can be beneficial and energy efficient to replace other appliances such as dryers and dishwashers as well.
Another inexpensive home improvement project that can help conserve energy is a programmable thermostat. In principle, turning the heater or air conditioner down or off while you are gone is the same as turning off the lights in a room that is not being used. A programmable thermostat can automatically adjust the heating or cooling unit so that it saves energy while you are away and then returns the home to a comfortable level before you return.
Install Low-E windows
Windows can allow a lot of energy loss from the home. Some of the latest replacement windows help solve this problem as they prevent the transfer of heat. Low-E window replacements greatly reduce heat transfer which can help keep the home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This can translate into quite a savings on the electric bill each month.
Insulate Air Ducts
There are several key areas of the home which can be insulated to help make the home more energy efficient. But many homeowners forget about the air ducts. These ducts work to distribute the heated or cooled air throughout the house. Along the way some of the heat or old can be lost. Insulating the air ducts can mean that the air conditioner or heater does not have to work harder to heat more air to compensate for the heat or cool that was lost in the process.
Caulk the Exterior
It may not seem like much, but little gaps around windows and doors can cost a lot on monthly energy bills. On a windy day a homeowner may notice that there is air seeping in around windows, doors or even outlets. Caulking these visible openings can help seal the house up and make it more energy efficient. It can help keep out both wind and rain which can be destructive. By caulking up the exterior of the house less energy will be lost and utility bills should reflect the improvement.