As we get farther into spring, the warm weather and longer days make for a nice change from the winter. However, soon enough we’ll be facing the summer heat, and when that comes your home energy bills could skyrocket if you don’t take the time to make a few energy-efficient upgrades to your home.
If you live in an older house with relatively inefficient insulation, the right landscaping can make a huge difference for the amount of energy you need to use to cool your home. Well-placed trees and large shrubs can block the UV rays from heating up the home. Now is the perfect time to get started with some improved landscaping.
Replace Low-Efficiency Energy Systems
Are you suffering with an old, inefficient cooling system? While the cost of repairing or replacing the system may put you off, it is important to realize that an inefficient system will ultimately cost you more money on energy bills in the years to come.
Invest in CFL & LED Lightbulbs
Traditional light bulbs emit a lot of heat. This can be a contributing factor to increasing the temperatures in your home. Replace those light bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs, which not only emit no heat but also are more energy-efficient. This may seem like a minor change, but it can potentially save you a lot of money over time.
Upgrade Window Treatments
Did you know that window treatments can have a huge effect on your home’s energy efficiency? Windows can let in a tremendous amount of heat, while letting cool air escape outside. Installing insulating and energy-efficient window treatments can help keep the cold air in and the heat of the UV rays out.
Add Ceiling Fans
Running ceiling fans can help you rely on your air conditioning system less to cool off your home. Fans help to circulate the cool air back down, making for more comfortable room temperatures in the summer. Consider adding ceiling fans to bedrooms and other rooms with high use.