Conserving energy is something that we all work on….when we can. One thing we can do consistently is save energy in our home. Is your home up to date with energy efficiency? If you say no, don’t worry, here are a few tips that you can do that are minimal in price, but will help with keeping your energy bills down.
1. Foam weather stripping for windows and doors. This will keep the cold air from seeping through the cracks. Even if you have a new construction home, you can have gaps around the doors and windows. Think of it as $$$$$ seeping out. You want to keep that money in your pocket.
2. Wrap furnace ducts with Thermal Wrap. The point of the thermal wrap is to keep the heat in the ducts until it reaches the living areas in your home. You don’t want the hot air seeping out until it is in the area it will be used for.
3. Extra insulation in the basement and crawlspace near exterior walls. Buy some extra rolls or sheets of insulation and put them in the areas between the basement and the upstairs rooms. This will help with keeping the cold air out and the warm air in.
4. Get a smart programmable thermostat and smoke detector. With these devices, you can program it and forget it. While you are at work, your home is not nice and toasty ALL DAY. You can set the thermostat so that it starts heating your home about 15-20 minutes before you walk in the door. With NEST products, you can change the temperature from your phone or your vehicle. Also, with the smoke detector, if anything ever happens you are notified via text and NEST will send your neighbor a test. Home automation makes your life easier.
5. Insulate outlets and light switches. You can buy cutout foam covers that fit under the outlets and light switches. This will keep the cold air from seeping in through the opening.
With these 5 simple tips, you can make your home more energy efficient without breaking the bank. These tips can be accomplished in a weekend, and they are for both winter and summer weather.
We hope that you found this information helpful. That is what Team Tork is all about; giving great information and education to the community. If you are in the market to buy your next home, or thinking of selling your home, call me. I have the experience and knowledge to get the job done. Call me directly at 651-379-4138 or 651-210-1038, or if you would rather, send me an email to Joey@TeamTorkRealEstate.com. We have more educational information on our website: www.TeamTorkRealEstate.com.