How to Increase Your Home's Energy Efficiency
Do you want to increase your home's energy efficiency and green up your home today?
The cornerstone of a home's energy efficiency is ensuring the appliances and fittings you have are the least
demanding of non renewable energy sources.
Just about any appliance you purchase has an energy rating and brands can be compared with each other.
So can different ways of washing clothes, cooking food and viewing your favourite TV program also be
Light bulbs with less than 25% demand of the old style incandescent bulb, better dimmers and time switches are
easy and cheap to retrofit, longer lasting and becoming better for most uses in the home.
Even when you have got the best model on the market you can still make further savings in consumption and your
utility bills by the simple act of turning most appliances off at the wall rather than keeping them in standby
If you have an older home then there are savings to be made by learning how to insulate your home properly with fitting insulation in lofts
Even looking at cavity insulation in old brick houses can reduce drafts and leaks making heating much more
efficient. If you are replacing carpet then insulating underlay is imperative and windows can be double glazed to
prevent significant heat loss as well. By adding thermal drapes floor to ceiling and keeping them closed unless
full sunlight is streaming in, further energy savings can be made in winter.
Ultimately you may want to consider adding renewable energy sources to your house such as wind power or photo
voltaic cells to store solar power. Choosing appliances and energy resources is by far the most important step you
can take to be efficient, but there are other areas that can contribute.
Water is costly, both in getting it to your property and dealing with it when used. Consider options such as
grey water recycling for toilet flushing and rinse water to be sprayed on lawns and gardens. Home filtration
systems using ultra violet light can be installed easily and ensure the effort in getting water to our homes is not
Simple rainwater gathering systems can be fitted to roofs to complement grey water for reuse and allow guilt free car washing and garden
watering during summer droughts.
Increasingly cities are turning to recycling and sorting waste at the domestic level to save both energy in
waste disposal and reduce the demands for landfill areas.The storage of these materials and their transportation
for dumping is a major drain on energy resources.
Recycling of some organic materials also allows for production of gas for electricity production and so there is
a net gain to those urban centers. One area where the home can really be energy efficient and benefit the health of
the dwellers is by planting of both trees and vegetables.
The shade of large trees can cool a house in summer, and fresh produce that is grown on the doorstep and
consumed in season saves market transportation costs and expensive processing and packaging.
Theses activities can involve the whole family, save energy and money and provide natural healthy food all at
the same time. Consider also the demands by the family for transport and the benefits in walking to schools and
shops as another way the family can reduce demand on precious energy resources.
While this may not be directly linked to the home demand for energy. An approach which covers all the major non
renewable energy needs is a strategy for both saving the home finances but also the health of the local and wider