More than ever, people everywhere are realizing the true importance of energy efficiency and clean energy, both on a larger commercial scale and within smaller residential settings. However, not everyone knows exactly how to take this ideal of clean energy and apply it to their homes. If you’ve been wanting to go green, here are a few tips to maximize your energy efficiency and minimize your carbon footprint.
- Check your heating and cooling: Heating and cooling can make up a large percentage of your annual utility bill, but much of that spending and energy usage tends to go to waste. Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy usage. Check your windows, doors, and any other potential areas where your heating or cooling may be escaping to improve the efficiency of your heating systems.
- Make simple switches: Next time an appliance or fixture needs replacing, see what energy efficient switches you can make. This can apply to everything from major appliances like refrigerators to small changes like swapping your incandescent lights to LEDs. Rather than reinvesting in technology that doesn’t make the most of modern advances in energy efficiency, do what you can to install new systems that will help you cut down on your energy use.
- Install solar panels: If you want to reduce your reliance on energy sources that aren’t sustainable as much as possible, installing solar panels on your roof can be a great step to take. Solar energy is a type of renewable energy that allows you to power your home without the creation of harmful greenhouse gasses. Installing solar panels on your home gives you a greater degree of control over both your energy usage and where your energy is coming from, letting you take comfort in the knowledge that your energy is sustainable.
Thinking you might want to install residential solar panels to take your home’s energy conservation to the next level? Contact Efficient Home Services of Florida today for more information on solar panels for homes or businesses, as well as how using solar energy can help you on your path to sustainability.