Efficient energy is very much in the news as people become increasingly concerned about climate change and global warming. Energy draws from oil and gas in ways that contribute to carbon emissions. Carbon emissions are one of the leading factors causing greenhouse gasses and, many believe, global warming.
In addition, energy efficiency will cut down on your monthly bills and make your home more attractive to buyers if you ever decide to sell it.
Here are three ways to make your home more energy efficient.
Look for the Energy Star label
Energy Star is a voluntary program through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A third-party certifies that an appliance or a new home incorporates the maximum amount of energy efficiency possible. It receives a label saying Energy Star to help consumers identify it.
The EPA estimates that Energy Star homes save 20% in energy costs over conventional homes. Over the 20 to 30 years or more you may own a home, that’s a considerable amount.
Install an Energy Monitor
Energy monitors are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. (Many just plug in.) They can show you how much energy you’re using and what sources are causing it. They can raise your knowledge of just what items are costing you money each month. For example, a laptop or television left chronically plugged in keeps consuming energy even when it’s not being used.
Place Solar Panels on the Roof
This is a long-term solution. Solar panels use energy for the sun to heat and light your home. As a result, your energy is drawn from there, not from your power company. This lessens bills.
Solar panels and installation are on the expensive side – from $20,000 to $30,000. However, there is a tax rebate program available.
In addition, your savings could mean that the system pays for itself in a relatively short time period. Especially if you’ve just bought a home and are looking to stay for 20 years or so, this is a great energy-saver.
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