Energy efficiency is a desirable trait in every home for two main reasons: savings on monthly utility costs and the benefits it brings to our environment. While energy efficiency is something homeowners strive for, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this article, we’ll go over some great ways that you can save on energy costs and begin to go green!
Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
One of the easiest ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to replace your traditional incandescent light bulbs with their energy-saving counterparts. One type of light bulb to seek out is compact fluorescents, or “CFLs”, because they use significantly less energy and can last up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs. Replacing your light bulbs is a relatively inexpensive way to start making your home more energy-efficient!
Update HVAC Systems
Another great way to significantly reduce your home’s energy consumption is to replace your outdated HVAC systems. When looking into new HVAC systems, be sure to keep an eye out for the Energy Star rating: a program run by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that rates devices’ energy efficiency. One highly rated cooling system that’s sure to reduce your energy consumption in the summer months is the Mitsubishi Ductless Mini Split system, which you can learn more about by clicking here!
The next time you’re looking into replacing appliances like washers, dryers, refrigerators, and stoves, be sure to keep an eye out for the options with the highest energy efficiency ratings. On average, new appliances save 20 to 40 percent more energy than appliances made just ten years ago! If you’re not ready to purchase new appliances, you can make your current systems more energy efficient by cleaning their vents to improve airflow!
Invest In A Tankless Water Heater
One of the most significant energy-consuming systems in a home is the water heater. For this reason, one of the best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to invest in a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters instantly heat water as it flows through the device, rather than storing hot water in a tank to eventually be used. Because energy is not being used to constantly heat this standby water, tankless water heaters use significantly less energy than traditional water heaters.
Contact RCA Electric & Generators!
Have more questions about energy efficiency in your home? Don’t hesitate to contact us! RCA Electric & Generators provides general electrician services, Mitsubishi Ductless Mini Splits air conditioning systems, and Generac generator sales, installation, and maintenance in Southeastern Massachusetts! Give us a call today at (508) 428-0449 or fill out the contact form on our website, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!