Making a home more energy-efficient has become very popular around the country. However, it’s not because of a fad or anything that’s going to fade rapidly in popularity. Instead, building an energy-efficient home helps reduce your carbon footprint, cut energy usage, and makes your home more attractive to potential buyers. If you’re looking for ways to build an energy-efficient home in Dickens, Texas, here are a few suggestions to help you along the way.
Install ENERGY STAR HVAC Units
If your HVAC system is 10 years old, it’s time to start thinking about purchasing a new one. If you want to increase efficiency, it’s only natural to consider a furnace or air conditioner with the ENERGY STAR logo. These units improve efficiency while providing the perfect temperatures for your home.
Switch to LED or CFL Lighting
One of the biggest sources of lost energy in your home is in the light sockets. If you’re still using incandescent bulbs, it’s time to make the change to LED or CFL lighting. While these bulbs are more expensive, they cut your monthly energy bills greatly and last far longer than traditional lights. This means you only have to purchase one bulb about every 10 years. You’ll reach a break-even point in just a few years.
If you live in an older home, you may not have the proper insulation to keep your home energy-efficient. Most often, areas around your doors, windows, and in your attic allow air from the home to escape outside or cold outside air to flow in. To counteract this effect of lost air, you need to insulate. In your attic, you can choose between loose fill and fiberglass insulation, while installing fresh weatherstripping around your doors and windows is an effective way to combat the situation.
Building an energy-efficient home doesn’t necessarily take a ton of money. Instead, it takes a commitment from you. If you’ve decided it’s time to green your home, call BTAC, Inc. at 806-589-1014 for all your installation and energy needs.
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