When people work together to save energy, everyone benefits. Plus, saving energy also means saving money on your energy bills – and who doesn't like that? With winter weather right around the corner, now is a great time to start considering energy-saving measures for your home. Our real estate agents have some helpful energy-saving tips to share below.
- Get a Smart Thermostat
If you don't already have a smart thermostat, consider having one installed before winter. With a smart thermostat, you can monitor your HVAC system's energy use from your phone. You can also adjust the temperature of your home remotely, so you're not paying for unnecessary heat when you're not home.
- Add Insulation to Your Attic
Many homes only have one layer of insulation in the attic when they could benefit from having two. Purchase a few rolls of fiberglass insulation, and unroll them on top of the existing insulation in your attic. The extra insulation will reduce heat loss through your roof, saving you money on heat during the winter.
- Maximize the Use of Natural Light
The more natural light you bring into your home, the less you'll have to rely on your electric lights. When the sun comes up in the morning, open your shades or blinds. Consider rearranging your furniture so you are closer to the windows and don't feel the need to turn on the lights when you're eating breakfast, sitting at your computer, or reading a book.
- Use Less Hot Water
Whether you have an electric or a gas hot water heater, the less hot water you use, the more energy you will save. Try taking shorter showers to conserve hot water. You may also want to start washing your clothes in cold water, not hot. Today's laundry detergents are generally made to work well with cold water, so your clothing should get just as clean.
- Turn Your Refrigerator Down
Yes, your fridge needs to stay cold to keep your food cold. But most people don't need their fridge to run on the lowest setting. Turn the thermostat up a bit. For example, if your fridge has settings ranging from 1 to 10, it should do perfectly fine on setting 5 or 6.
- Change Your Air Filter
Are you changing your air filter monthly? If not, it's time to make a change. Swapping your dirty filter for a new one will not only keep your home cleaner but also keep your HVAC system from having to work as hard. It takes less energy to blow air through a clean, clear filter.
- Air Dry Your Dishes
The "dry" part of your dishwasher's cycle uses a lot of energy. So, you can save energy by turning the dishwasher off before it starts to dry your dishes. Instead, just open the door and let them air dry for an hour or two before unloading them.
- Clear Your Lint Trap
When your lint trap is full, your dryer will use more energy. So, get into the habit of clearing your lint trap before every load of wash. Consider hang-drying some of your clothes to save even more.
Even if you only implement a few of these tips, you should save a bundle of energy this winter. If you're still looking for Richmond homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find the perfect, energy-efficient home for your family.