Top 5 Energy-Efficient Upgrades Your Home Needs

By: Joshua Campbell

Top 5 Energy-Efficient Upgrades Your Home Needs

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There are many energy-efficient upgrades you can make to your home that will improve its appearance and make it more comfortable. These improvements can not only decrease your energy usage but will decrease your monthly energy bills as well. 
 
Let’s talk about five energy-efficient upgrades that your home needs. 

1. Programmable Thermostat

1. Programmable Thermostat 

A programmable thermostat will not only reduce your energy consumption but will make your life a little easier as well. This device gives you more control over the heating and cooling of your home. You can set the temperature for certain times throughout the day, and some advanced models will even let you control the temperature from your mobile device. Even better, this is an upgrade that can be completed in an afternoon. 
 

2. Low-Flow Showerheads

 2. Low-Flow Showerheads

If you want to cut down on your water use, a low-flow showerhead should be at the top of your list. This device uses approximately 75% less water than your average showerhead and maintains plenty of pressure.
 

3. Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs

 3. Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs

Replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient products is a fast and simple upgrade. They will provide tremendous results. Compact fluorescent lamps, also known as CFLs, and LED bulbs are both energy-efficient and can reduce your energy usage. They provide bright light illuminating the darkest corners of your house.  

 

4. Energy-Efficient Windows

 
4. Energy-Efficient Windows

Replacing your windows can be an expensive upgrade but it is well worth the cost. Older windows, like those made from wood or aluminum, do not keep the heat or cool air inside your home. You can lose a significant amount of energy with poor windows. Additionally, replacing windows will give the exterior of your home an instant cosmetic update. 
 

5. Exterior Doors

 5. Exterior Doors 

You can lose a considerable amount of energy in your home if your exterior doors are poorly insulated and sealed. If your door requires a replacement, consider a steel door with an insulated core. This is one of the most energy-efficient products available. You should also check that your door is completely sealed and there are no air leaks. If you find gaps, consider replacing or repairing the weather-stripping around the door. This is a very inexpensive and fast fix. 
 
By making just a few upgrades throughout your home, you can save a substantial amount of energy and money. Plus, these updates don’t have to cost a fortune or take days to complete. The above five upgrades are excellent starting points to help you reduce your energy usage and your monthly bill. But before you make any major changes make sure you're in the right house first. Click here to take the Knowledge Broker quiz and see if it might actually be time for a move. 

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