Whether you’re just looking out for our environment or trying to shave some numbers off of your utility bills, there are a few steps you can take to get an energy efficient home and be kinder to the planet and your wallet!
- Invest in energy-efficient appliances
- Use less water
- Weather seal your windows and doors
- Keep your roof in great shape
Incorporate these tips into your lifestyle to save money and energy on keeping your home clean and comfortable, waste fewer resources, and enjoy knowing that you’re looking out for our planet.
Energy efficient home – check your appliances
Old appliances could be zapping energy from your home (and money from your bank account). When upgrading appliances, keep these tips in mind for long term energy efficiency and money-saving perks.
- Look for the “HE” (high efficiency), eco-friendly, or “green” labels when choosing appliances.
- Optimize your thermostat settings: Turning the thermostat down 10-15 degrees in cool weather and up 10-15 degrees in warm weather for at least hours a day can help you save 5%-15% on your heating and air bills throughout the year.
- Buy energy-saving light bulbs.
- Choose the right computer: Swap your desktop for a laptop to reduce energy consumption and save money on your electricity bills. Laptops burn 80% less energy than the average desktop computer.
Save water, save money.
- Don’t leave the faucet on when brushing your teeth, doing the dishes, gardening, or washing the car. Leaving water running raises your water bill and wastes water.
- Take shorter showers.
- Install water-saving shower heads and toilets.
- Do a few large loads of laundry instead of several small loads.
Weather seal your windows and doors.
Keep the outdoors outside and your conditioned air inside. Proper weather sealing keeps water, drafts, and even bugs from entering your home through cracks, gaps, and other spaces around your doors and windows. Common weather sealing solutions include:
- Door sweeps
- Corner pads
Keep your roof clean for an energy efficient home
The roof? Yes, the roof. Dark spots from algae, plant growth, and debris buildup attract and trap heat from the sun, causing your HVAC system to work overtime. Clean shingles are able to more efficiently reflect heat back into the atmosphere and away from your home.
Pro tip: Don’t DIY your roof cleaning. Harsh chemicals and power washers can cause more damage than the algae and debris that you need to remove.
For safe, effective professional roof cleaning, get in touch with Elite Clean! Our professional roof cleaning services are gentle, eco-friendly, and last for three years (if they don’t, we’ll come back for free).