Top 3 Areas for Home Energy Waste
A common way people like to improve their home’s energy efficiency is by purchasing Energy Star appliances. These new additions will cut energy use and cost while providing tax breaks, making it easy to see why they are so popular. However, if you are on a budget, it’s not very feasible to replace all of our home appliances.
Rather than looking for energy-efficient tools and additions, you may want to consider looking at where your home is wasting energy instead. Energy loss can have a huge impact on your utility bills and may be going completely unnoticed by you. Here are the top three areas where homes most commonly lose energy efficiency.
Doors and Windows
Windows obviously have a big impact on home temperature. They allow sunlight and heat in as well as permitting cooling of the home during winter. Less efficient windows can easily cause your home heating and cooling bill to rise in an attempt to keep your home’s temperature comfortable. Older doors that may be hollow or poorly fitting create a similar problem. If you can afford to do so, replace any inefficient windows and doors.
If you’re looking for a less expensive repair, you can always redo the seals in your home. Areas around windows and doors can crack with age, letting outside air in. Cracks in ducts also work to waste cool or heated air. Simply by sealing these cracks, the average family will save about $350 a year.
Faucets and Showerheads
Plumbing, in general, tends to be a huge waste of both energy and water. Older appliances and fixtures typically go through an excessive amount of water with each use. Though more modern appliances and fixtures have reduced that waste, there is still plenty you can do to limit water waste even further.
Install aerators and low-flow showerheads. An aerator mixes air with the water stream, reducing water without sacrificing water pressure. A low flow showerhead performs a similar task, preserving water pressure while reducing your water bill. If you’re able to, investing in a low-flow toilet is also another great way to limit your water use.
If you are using the standard, inexpensive, incandescent bulb, you are wasting money. Incandescent bulbs cost a significant amount of money to run and have a very short lifespan. LED lights will live up to ten times as long as a traditional bulb and cost a fraction of the price to run. LED lights look much more expensive up front but in the lifespan of an LED bulb, you would have had to purchase as many as ten incandescent bulbs.
Save your money and buy LED bulbs. Getting started with LEDs may initially cost more than traditional bulbs, but in the long run, you are saving yourself money and limiting your energy waste.
Energy efficient improvements help save you money, but they also represent a long-term investment for the day you decide to sell your home. Energy efficiency is a great way to boost the value of your home without breaking the bank. So inspect your home, make a few changes, and watch your utility bills drop.
Paul Denikingot into DIY home repair projects after his daughter was born with special needs. His initial efforts were all motivated by the desire to make his home more accessible for her. He learned everything he knows through trial and error and many helpful Youtube videos. He created DadKnowsDIY.com to share some of the great resources he’s come across and to offer home improvement project how-tos and other accessibility information.
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