8 energy efficient home projects
by: Kirsten Land on June 21st, 2016 about General
Summer is here! If you’re like me, you’re itching to take on a few projects around the house.
As I consider projects, the ones I get most excited about are those that beautify my home, add value to my property, or enhance my home’s energy efficiency and environmental profile. Sometimes, the projects accomplish all three!
Here are eight great ideas for summer projects to maintain your home and save energy.
Switch to LED light bulbs
This is my kind of project! It’s super easy. LED light bulbs have a lifespan that is longer than regular light bulbs. And they are more efficient.
Did you know that watering lawns, flowers, and gardens can use as much as 40 percent of your water every summer? Imagine lowering that number. That would be great for your budget and the environment! Set up a rain barrel to store rain water, then you can water your plants from that recycled water.
Indoor and outdoor faucets can spring slow drips over the cold winter months. They may seem small and slow, but lost water adds up. Three leaky faucets in one house can send 104 gallons per year down the drain! Take the time to find and fix those leaks!
A well ventilated attic can make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. What’s more, it can cut down on the chances of moisture build-up and possible mold or rot. Consult with a trusted roofing professional to determine if you need more ventilation.
Clogged air filters slow and eventually block air flow throughout the house. It wastes energy and makes your house much less efficient.
Just like your car needs a tune-up to run more efficiently, your air conditioning unit needs one, too. For a tune-up, you’ll want to check the coolant levels and pressure, inspect and tighten wiring, make sure the thermostat is calibrated, clean the evaporator coil, make sure the condenser system is clear and clean, and lubricate as necessary on the fan motor. Be sure to have a trusted HVAC professional come inspect if you need an expert pair of eyes.
Putting solar panels on your roof can not only save you energy, sometimes it can generate energy! You can sell energy back to the power company if your solar panels produce enough. And, there may be tax breaks available for investing in the solar panels.
Skylights and light tubes
Want to save on electrical costs in dark rooms? Look into installing a skylight or a light tube. Adding that natural light means you can use less electricity in those rooms.
One or all of these fantastic projects should get you through the summer and make your house better than it was when summer started. On any of these projects, consult with a trusted professional if you have questions. Have a great summer, be safe, and enjoy whatever projects you take on!