Between rising energy costs and concerns about the environment, there’s a push these days to make new homes as energy efficient as possible. Of course, one of the best ways to do this with a new construction home is to choose more energy efficient options like upgraded windows, EnergyStar appliances and so on. However, there are plenty of things you can do on your own to help keep your new home energy efficient without breaking your budget. Here are 5 tips to help you out.
Replace Your Incandescent Light Bulbs
LED lights emit as much or more light as incandescent bulbs, last several times longer and use just a fraction of the energy. While they’re more expensive upfront, it’s a money saver in the long run. You’ll save up to hundreds per year on your electric bill, and you won’t have to replace them as often as non-LED light bulbs.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Replacing a thermostat is a budget-friendly way to reduce your energy consumption, and you can program it to heat or cool your home only when and where you need it.
Add Weather Stripping to Doors and Windows
Regardless of whether you’ve installed energy-efficient windows and doors in your new construction home, you can save even more energy by adding weather stripping. This reduces drafts, keeps cold air outside and warm air inside.
Insulate Your Water Heater
An insulated water heater blanket is affordable and can be purchased at your local home improvement store. Wrapping your water heater in this blanket means your hot water stays hotter longer, requiring less fuel to keep it warm. (To save even more, consider lowering your water heater temperature by a few degrees.)
Replace Your Air Filters
Dirty air filters make it more difficult to push air through the ducts, making your heating and AC units work harder to heat or cool your home. The simple act of replacing your air filters once a month not only can cut your energy costs, but can also extend the life of your furnace and air conditioner — not to mention improving the air quality inside your home.
Making your new home more energy efficient doesn’t require huge sums of money—it just takes a bit of diligence and common sense. For more tips to keep your home energy efficient, contact Lowder New Homes at 334-270-6789. Also, if you are planning to buy or build a new home, ask about our offer for up to $5000 in free upgrades to make your new home construction more energy efficient!