That's why homeowners have spent so much time coming up with tips and tricks to get the most for their dollar when it comes to utilities. Some are good and some are bad. Luckily for you, we've weeded out the duds and made a list with five of the best ones. Keep reading for five of the best money-saving energy efficiency hacks uncovered to date.
Double up on Insulation
It seems too simple to matter, but a little extra insulation can go a long way, even longer if your home is already under insulated. For whatever reason -contractor budget, sloppy installation, and so on – many homes are improperly or insufficiently insulated.
So have a look in your basement, attic, and any other easily accessible insulated area. Adding insulation is pretty simple, and most homeowners can do it on their own with some free time and a couple new tools.
Fortify Your Windows
Windows are the silent killer in terms of energy costs. Cheap windows with thin panes and poor construction are never worth their lower cost. The energy they waste far and away exceeds the initial savings they provide during home construction. What's more, cracked or damaged windows can compound the problem, causing further energy expense.
Check each window in your house for leaks or damage. If you're working with a house full of cheapie windows, it might be time to consider an upgrade.
Do a Duct Leak Audit
This hack has to be one of the simplest and easiest of them all. The ducts
of your HVAC system are prone to shift, crack, and leak over time, causing
a waste of conditioned air. For the ductwork you can see, do a thorough
visual inspection to look for leaks and simply patch up with duct tape.
For the ductwork you can't get to easily, give your local certified HVAC technician a call, and have them take a look. This is an inexpensive service that can save you significant costs in the long run.
Give Your Fridge an Efficiency Tune-up
Your refrigerator is an appliance that needs regular care like any other, yet it usually goes unnoticed. In just a few easy steps that only require basic household tools, you can notably boost your fridge's energy efficiency.
Rediscover the Power of the Ceiling Fan
It's likely that your ceiling fan doesn't get much use. That's a real shame, because ceiling fans use just a fraction of the power of an HVAC system. And they’re very effective.
Folks typically forget to use their ceiling fans, or they don't think they're powerful enough to keep them comfortable. That's just not true. Your ceiling fan isn't just effective for keeping your living space cool; when set to spin clockwise, it can actually help keep you toasty in the winter too.
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