Energy efficiency is the buzz word in the world of eco-friendly gadgets. They are not just good for our planet but also save big bucks for you. And this does not involve exorbitant investments from your end. Only some simple upgrades could make a big difference to your household expenses. Here are 6 great ideas that will help you optimize energy in your home and set you on the road to green home improvements.
Handy infrared thermometer
This amazing gadget can be used to detect any cold spots or leaks in your house – roof, walls, doors and windows etc. You can then take immediate measures to have the leaks plugged. Conventionally, you would have had to go for an energy audit costing hundreds of dollars, every few years. This handy thermometer costs just about $30.
These intelligent instruments that gauge the temperature of the house and automatically puts the electrical heaters and ACs on or off based on preset parameters. These settings can save the home owners more than $180 annually.
Ceiling Fans and Energy Star AC
Installing ceiling fans to beat the heat of summer is not just energy efficient but also cuts down the need to put on the AC on most days. Simultaneously you can also switch to energy star-rated ACs which may sound like an additional expense but will definitely reduce the bills and save you a lot of money in the long run.
Using smaller sized windows and honeycomb blinds reduces escape of heat from the house and hence makes the house more energy efficient. Cellular windows and low emission windows are one such option and reduce the energy utilization by up to 15%.
Insulating your doors and windows and any cracks on the walls are the first solutions to energy efficiency. Window and door drafts, foam sealants, tri-pane windows and magnetic vent covers are some of the options that will help retain the heat or cool air in your rooms.
Lighting is one of the most important place where one can reduce energy consumption. LED bulbs last up to 20 years and consume half the energy as compared to the normal bulbs and florescent lamps.
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