How to make your home more energy efficient
Energy efficiency is great for the environment and will essentially save you money in the long run. It's a win-win. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Insulating your home is one of the first steps to optimize your home's energy efficiency. When heat isn't escaping from your home you will ultimately need to do less to heat up your home and retain that heat.
Reconsider your geyser
Your geyser contributes to a vast amount of your electricity bill every month. Consider installing a heat pump or solar geyser in your home as an alternative.
Energy efficient windows
Make sure that you have double glazed windows in your home to ensure that you aren't unnecessarily losing heat. In South Africa the government actually requires that all new commercial and residential properties use energy efficient windows.
Less power when you shower
Install a water-saving showerhead to cut back on the water and energy you use.
Installing solar panels in your home may be a great option for you to consider in order to reduce electricity usage in your home.
Switching to LED lights is the best decision you can make when it comes to energy efficient lighting. LED lights use far less power and last way longer than regular light bulbs.
Be more energy conscious
And last but certainly not least, be more aware of how much electricity you're using. Switch off and unplug lights, appliances and plugs when you're not using them and only use hot water when absolutely necessary. Try to limit your usage of heaters and cozy up with warmer clothing and blankets instead.
Installing solar panels are an obvious step in the right direction when it comes to energy efficiency but is it worth the investment in the long run?
Winter can be hard on a house but maintaining it doesn't have to be hard on your pocket. Follow these home maintenance tips to keep warm and avoid property damage.
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