Many homeowners are interested in the latest trends and tips for saving energy and reducing their footprint. Making relatively small changes can improve energy efficiency and even bring more money for your home when it is time to sell.
Here are 4 tips to help you move toward a “greener” home:
1. Smart Lighting
Make the switch to Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFLs) they last longer and conserve energy, offering significant savings. Another tip is to check out a “smart lighting package”. Some companies are offering a kit of bulbs that pair with an app on your mobile phone. This allows you to control the lights from any computer or mobile device from anywhere.
An easy way to upgrade your home is to replace your appliances with models that have the government’s Energy Star rating. These appliances reduce greenhouse emissions as well as your energy usage over time. Many products can bring tax rebates for your green efforts. Tankless hot water heaters are becoming more and more popular. They heat your water almost instantaneously and also save energy over time.
3. Solar Panels
Solar power is becoming more common in homes as it is now more affordable to install. Many people in Arizona use solar hot water heaters, pool heaters, and solar electric systems to produce power for their houses. The power companies offer incentives for homeowners who decide to have one or more of these systems installed. Again, this is something that can reduce your electric bill while using an abundant resource in our state – Sunshine.
4. Programmable Thermostat
Just upgrading to a programmable thermostat will save the average homeowner about $200/year by reducing your heating or cooling when you don’t need it. Many companies are now offering remote temperature control from your mobile phone (sometimes tied in with your home security system) so that you can adjust the heat or a/c just before you get home. This type of “green” and “smart technology” upgrade offers convenience and savings for the owner of the home, but also makes the home more desirable to potential buyers.
As we head in to what is sure to be a hot spring and even hotter summer, these tips will help you stay comfortable while reducing both your energy consumption and your bills! Contact the team at Angels RE Group to help you find the best partners to help make your home more energy efficient.