How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Marco Pedri | March 1, 2020

On March 20th the world will be celebrating Equinox Earth Day, a day dedicated to make people around the world aware of their responsibility to care for our planet. 

There are many ways we can take responsibility and reduce our carbon footprint such as carpooling, recycling or even changing our diet, but one alternative way we can help our planet is by making our home more energy efficient. 

In this article, we will be discussing some of the best ways to make your home more energy efficient in 2020.

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1 – Changing your lightbulbs to LEDs

LED lights are becoming cheaper and more readily available. They have far more benefits compared to typical halogen lightbulbs or incandescent light bulbs.  

For starters, LEDs have a much longer life span. Most LEDs are designed to last anywhere from 35,000 hours to 100,000 hours which is approximately 15 years of normal usage. 

LEDs are also highly versatile. Unlike regular light bulbs, LEDs allow a wide range of different colours, shades, brightness and distribution of light. 

The most important reason you should make the switch to LEDs is they are highly energy efficient. LEDs are 90% more energy efficient than incandescent light bulbs.  

2 – Seal all gaps, cracks and leaks

Remember when you were told to cover you head and feet during the winter because your body losses most of its heat from these places? Well, a similar concept applies to your home. This has to do with the thermal boundary and thermal envelope. 

Any opportunity the heat (or cold in summer) has a chance to escape, it will. In fact, gaps, cracks and leaks account for an additional 10% on total annual energy bills according to Energy Star. By fixing these small issues, you’ll be on your way to having a more energy efficient home. 

3 – Use Smart Home Technology 

Smart home technology is becoming more popular amongst homeowners and techies. These new technologies are allowing individuals to manage their homes far more efficiently through autonomy and from remote locations. 

Even at our Shoreline Realty office, we have implemented the use of smart home technology to help with our workflow and energy efficiency. 

Smart devices can also be set on a schedule to only be used when you need them. For example, you can set the thermostat on a schedule to reduce heating costs while you’re away from home at work. Why waste energy and money heating your home when no one is there? 

Additionally, smart home devices that are connected to regular devices can completely shut off power to reduce “idle” consumption. By only using electricity when you need it most, the end result is a more energy efficient home. 

The finale: last tidbits on energy efficiency

When it comes to energy efficiency, it’s not about micromanaging your electrical use, but rather being smart about it. These are just a few tips to keep in mind to start becoming a more energy efficient homeowner. 

There are a lot more tips out there, in fact here is a list of 25 Quick & Easy Energy Saving Tips. 

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About the Author

Marco Pedri is a Broker at Shoreline Realty Corp., Brokerage. He brings his expertise in public relations and communications to reach key demographics and audiences. With his sales knowledge in real estate, Marco Pedri is a powerhouse agent bringing exceptional service to both buyers and sellers.