The exterior of your home is like a shell. By merely improving the insulation, you can make your home much more energy efficient. By sealing leaks, you can make your home cozier and reduce your energy expenditure for space heating and cooling. Your home needs energy day in and day out to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It uses this energy to provide you with hot water and to run electric appliances like your refrigerator, oven, washing machine and other amenities. A handyman can be of use in making these changes if you’re not up to the task yourself.
Space heating and cooling account for maximum energy use and is the largest energy expense for most homes. Here are a few ideas that you can implement to make your home more cost-effective:
Replace old windows
Replacing old and leaky windows with weatherstripping and storm windows, so that you save on your heating and air-conditioning bills is a great idea. The heat conduction of the walls can be reduced by installing fiberglass, cellulose, and foam insulation materials.
Plant trees around your home
The most economic way to make your home energy efficient is to plant trees in your backyard and front garden. Even if your home is old, a good plantation can save on electricity bills. Landscaping will help prevent the exterior of your home from getting much warmer or colder in extreme weathers.
Install Compact Fluorescent Lamps
Fluorescent lamps are energy efficient. You will be astonished to know that electricity to run a light bulb costs way more than the bulb itself. Turn off the light if you leave a room, even if for a while. Make sure that your devices are not plugged in when not in use. If you are not charging your phone, then remove the plug, or else the power will continue to flow to the device.
Some people find that getting the exterior of their home painted makes their home more warmer inside. Get the cracks, gaps, and other holes in the home’s exterior repaired and you will feel the difference.
Mathew Leonard is a writer for Handyman London.