Spring is a great time for renewal as well as cleaning. This is the time of year when people strive to spruce up their property, and as we head further into spring, it's a great time to evaluate the energy efficiency of your home. There are many areas where the cool air you want in your home during the hot months could escape from your house. Fixing these areas will enable you to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bills.
Reducing Your Home's Carbon Footprint
Below we've listed nine things you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
1. Check For Leaks Around Doors and Windows
It's important to know there the leaks in your home are located. Your home will lose a lot of energy around doors and windows that aren't properly sealed, so begin your quest to reduce your carbon footprint here. By fixing these areas, you'll consume less energy and lower your carbon footprint.
2. Invest in Quality Insulation
Once you are aware of the portions of your home that need more insulation, invest in quality products. This isn't an area where you want to use cheap insulation - if you really want to reduce your carbon footprint at home, you must install the proper insulation. This will save you on energy costs for when you live in your home.
3. Go For Air Sealing
Once you know the areas of your house that are leaking air, the next step is to know what you need to seal those parts of your home. Caulk and weather strip the doors and windows that are leaking air. It's also important to seal the air leaks around furnaces, water heater vents, and fireplace chimneys with fire-resistant materials. You can use sheet metal or sheetrock alongside furnace cement caulk.
4. Clean Your Ducts
The ducts in your house fill up with dust, pet hair and other gunk, making it harder for your HVAC system to cycle air properly to heat and cool your home. Every few years invest in professional duct cleaning in order to clear out your home’s system so that clean air moves freely through your home.
5. Change Your Air Filters at Appropriate Intervals
Spring is a great time to change your air filter. Change your filter on a regular basis - usually one to three months depending on the filter - to keep everything running smoothly. The frequency at which you should change these filters really depends on how often you use your heating and cooling system, as well as if you have any pets. If you have pets, you need to change your filter more often since it will get dirty more quickly. Air filters help to improve the air quality in your home and reduce your carbon footprint because they make your HVAC system run more efficiently.
6. Tune Up Your Air Conditioner
It's a great time of year to get your air conditioner tuned up before it gets too hot. Even if the filters are new, other issues can arise with the AC that affects its performance. The coolant level may be low, which is hard on your air conditioning system. This is a great time of year to get a professional maintenance check. You don't want to find out that your air conditioner isn't working properly when you really need it in the sweltering heat.
7. Invest in Vapor Barrier Installation
Vapor barrier installation is another way to help to reduce your carbon footprint at home from underneath your house’s structure. A vapor barrier is a sheet of plastic that air and water cannot pass through except in very small amounts. It's important the vapor barrier allows the proper air flow without carrying moisture through the plastic sheet. A vapor barrier helps protect the insulation and keep it working how it supposed to.
8. Buy Energy Star Appliances
Another way to reduce energy, as well as your carbon footprint, is to invest in Energy Star appliances. Not only do these reduce energy costs, they also do not sacrifice quality. These appliances run just as well as standard models, but also reduce the amount of energy required to run them.
9. Use A Programmable Thermostat
One of the easiest ways to reduce electricity usage, and your carbon footprint, is to install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat automatically reduces the amount of time that your air conditioner runs. You don't need it to constantly running when there is no one in the house, so program it for different temperature settings for when you’re home and when you’re gone.
Start Saving Today
If you follow these suggestions, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and make your home more energy efficient. Not only do you save money, but you help save the planet.
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