Three Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Making home improvements — especially when they involve equipping your home with new technologies is usually something home owners don’t want to do either due to cost or because they don’t see the necessity of it. One of the growing home improvement trends in America is making homes more energy efficient, which can be done in a number of ways. Making home improvements that make a home more energy efficient will actually save you money on utilities in the long run, and could help increase the resale value of your home. Here are a few ways to do it.

1. Rethink your insulation.
The first thing you should do when you’re making your home more energy efficient is think about the way it’s insulated and how air may be escaping. Make sure to fill in cracks and seams around windowsills and doorways, since air can be easily lost in these places. It’s also worth considering replacing whatever insulation your home has in the walls and ceilings.

2. Replace old and inefficient appliances.
Appliances aren’t something that home owners often think of, but green technology has advanced enough that replacing them can be worthwhile. Have your hot water tank checked by a professional, and if it needs replacing opt for a model that uses the last amount of energy possible. Have the stove and refrigerator checked as well and make sure that they’re functioning properly and not in disrepair.

3. Invest in residential solar panels.
Solar energy for your home can do wonders for making it more energy efficient. There are a number of different uses of solar energy, and investing in a home solar energy system is one of the most effective ways to make your home more energy efficient. There are a number of rebates for solar energy improvements as well, and the uses of solar energy can be channeled throughout your home.

Do you have any questions or thoughts about making your home more energy efficient? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.
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