Going green is all the rage these days, and for good reason. Making your home energy efficient not only helps protect the environment, but it can also lower your energy bills and save you money. There are many ways to make your home more energy efficient, from big remodels to easy DIY projects. Today, Aloha Construction is sharing their top 4 ways to go green in your home.
1. Replace Your Windows and Doors
This is a high-cost project, but the payoff can be just as big. Old windows can be drafty and let out heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. Replacing them with new energy-efficient windows can drastically reduce your energy bill. New windows with double or triple panes protect your home better from the elements than older single pane windows.
If you do not want to invest in new windows just yet, there are still some steps you can take. Inspect your windows for any cracks or holes, and seal any that you find with caulk. If you still want to lower your energy bill further, cover the windows with plastic in the winter to prevent cold drafts.
A second way to make your home more energy efficient is by adding storm doors to your home. Storm doors are temporary and should be installed at the start of winter or the rainy season. Storm doors protect your door from damage and also increase ventilation and prevent drafts and escaping heat.
2. Attach Solar Panels to Your Roof
This is another big project that is worth tackling if you’re serious about going green. Solar panels are a big investment, and cost around $20,000 to $30,000 to install on the average home. However, there are many tax incentives and credits that are possible to help cover the costs. Additionally, solar panels lower your energy bill so much that they often pay for themselves in only 10 years. Finally, if you choose to attach your solar panels directly to the electric grid in your neighborhood, it’s even possible to produce and provide energy for the system, which means getting payments from the utility company instead of bills every month.
If you’re building a new home, it’s even possible to purchase solar shingles. They are less noticeable than solar panels and look almost exactly like regular asphalt shingles. Just like solar panels, they will provide clean energy for your home and lower your energy bill every month.
3. Install Water Saving Appliances
When we think of going green, we often only think of saving electricity. However, water waste is a big problem in the United States as well, and every home should take steps to combat it. That’s why Aloha Construction recommends replacing appliances with newer, energy-saving counterparts. The cheapest option to replace and install is low flow showerheads. These shower heads cut water usage by cutting the water per minute that comes out. The savings start small from low flow shower head installations but add up over the years, especially if you have a large family using the showers often.
A second way to save water in your home is by installing new energy efficient toilets. Right now, new toilets use around 1.5 gallons of water per flush, but that wasn’t always the case. If you have old toilets in your house they could be using up to 5 or 6 gallons per flush! That is a lot of water and money wasted. Install new low flow toilets to reduce this waste and the effect it has on your water bill. If you really want to go green, you can also consider installing composting toilets as well.
Finally, a great way to make your home more energy efficient is by purchasing only ENERGY STAR approved appliances. ENERGY STAR is a program created by the EPA that evaluates new appliances and rewards them based on their energy efficiency. Some appliances that should be ENERGY STAR rated in your home include washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and air conditioners.
4. Insulate your Attic
The fourth and final tip from Aloha Construction to make your home more energy efficient is to insulate your attic. Insulating an attic can be a large DIY project, or you can call Aloha Construction to get a quote on your project today and get it completed before winter rolls around.
If your attic is uninsulated, adding insulation this year will net you big savings. Insulating an unfinished attic can drastically reduce your winter energy bills. Get a warmer house in the winter and a cooler house in the summer, all while saving money. It’s a win-win when it comes to energy efficiency, and something you should not put off finishing in your house any longer.
Use these four tips from Aloha Construction to invest in a more energy efficient home this year. Energy efficient homes not only cut your carbon footprint, they cut your bottom line as well. These energy saving techniques range from small to large, but even the biggest investments lead to big savings down the road. Replace your old drafty windows and install new storm doors this winter. Attach solar panels to your roof, or even invest in solar shingles for your new home. Install water saving appliances like low flow showerheads and toilets, and ENERGY STAR rated products. Finally, take the time to tackle the project you’ve been avoiding and insulate your unfinished attic with Aloha Construction. Once you do so, you can sit back and watch your energy bills drop, all while protecting the environment!