How can I make my home more energy efficient?
Making your home more energy efficient can help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment. Improving energy efficiency is also an important first step for homeowners interested in green remodeling. There are many resources available to you as a home owner to guide you in making your home more efficient — whether you do-it-yourself or hire a qualified professional.
Your home uses energy every day, all day long. It uses energy to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It uses energy to provide you with light when you need it. It uses energy to provide you with hot water. And it uses energy to run all of your appliances and home electronics. Here you can learn how to use the energy in your home more efficiently. You can also learn how to use renewable energy to provide your home with electricity, heating, cooling, and water heating.
The US Department of Energy has many useful suggestions to help your home become more energy efficient. You can find out more at Energy Savers. US Dept of Energy - Energy Savers
If you are planning on building a new home, now is the time to incorporate energy efficiency methods into the design.
A cornerstone of green building is energy efficiency. For decades, homebuyers unthinkingly constructed large houses that left correspondingly large ecological footprints. Sometimes owners found that heating and cooling these "McMansions” was prohibitively expensive, and that some of the house's rooms were underused. New green thinking about design urges homebuyers to build only the spaces they require, and to eliminate unnecessary rooms or features. This has resulted in houses with more flexible living areas and less waste space.
Consider implementing more energy efficient methods or materials during the design and construction phase to help conserve energy and reduce energy consumption. Key areas to consider are:
4. Appliances and fixtures
5. Heating and cooling systems
6. Eaves and landscaping
7. Adding solar panels to the design
(Source Energy Efficiency Home of Ca)
For more information on making your home more energy efficient, visit these sites:
Energy Star Gov - Energy Star Gov
Energy Efficiency Home Recomendations - Energy Efficiency Home CA
Energy Upgrade California - Energy Upgrade California
US Dept of Eneregy Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - US Dept of Energy
Home Energy Efficiency - House-Energy