How to Stay Energy Efficient in Your New Home

Below, you’ll find our rundown on all things energy efficient, from summer home cooling tips to the pros and cons of updating your light fixtures. And remember— minor home improvements go a long way over time!
Are you hoping to improve the energy efficiency in your new home? Getting a fresh start in more ways than one can be a great way to drive home the notion of new beginnings—while your old home may have been a notorious energy hog (or even just a reminder of bad habits), getting the jump on efficient energy practices in your new place will provide a great way to start off on the right foot and save yourself thousands of dollars in the years to come.

Below, you’ll find our rundown on all things energy efficient, from summer home cooling tips to the pros and cons of updating your light fixtures. And remember— minor home improvements go a long way over time!

If your home rests on the newer side of the real estate spectrum, there’s a good chance it may already be host to many of these smart technologies. Oftentimes, however, you’ll find yourself in a home that can stand to benefit from a great deal of minor fixes and upgrades. Knock these out before you’ve fully moved in and save yourself a great deal of hassle!

Fluorescent Bulbs

Dropping the dough on a handful of modern fluorescent bulbs to replace your old-school yellow glow bulbs will not only save you a lot on electricity over time, but they generally last many extra years before burning out as well.

Low-Flow Water Fixtures

A lesser-known way to improve the energy flow in your home is to install “low-flow” or similar water fixtures that essentially perform the same while using substantially less water. Some report on saving on water by as much as 50 percent!

Water Heaters

Newer-model water heaters have come a surprisingly long way in saving on your utilities in a variety of ways. Not only are more up to date heaters able to do more with less heat, but some models even do away with the water tank entirely, saving you a ton on water over time.

Dishwashers

Along similar lines, newer model dishwashers have the propensity to be substantially smarter and more efficient when it comes to using your water—a more rigorous washing using less water is win-win.

Insulation

A great deal of your home’s heating and cooling efforts may be due in part to insufficient insulation throughout your home causing energy to be squandered. With the right insulation upgrades, your home may require phenomenally less energy to stay hot/cool.

Thermostat

A “smart” thermostat has the potential to make just as much of a difference in efficient heating/cooling as your system itself—many newer thermostats have the ability to only run when needed, automatically shut themselves off when the house is unoccupied, and more.

Double-Pane Windows

Although a technology of some contention, there’s no argument that newer double-paned window models insulate much more efficiently than their older single-pane counterparts. If you have the money to spare, these window upgrades can save you a great deal of energy hassle over time.

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