Did you know homes use about one third of all the energy we consume in the U.S.? The need to go green at home becomes more important each day. Homes built before 1980 have insufficient insulation, old dishwashers waste up to 6,700 gallons of water per year (enough to run an efficient dishwasher for seven years), and old, single-pane windows can cost you hundreds on energy bills due to air leaks.
Sustainability at home can still seem pie in the sky if you don’t know where to start, but changing even the simplest habits can make a huge impact. For example, every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water from being contaminated with chemicals, so recycling household items really does make a difference.
At Power, we’ve embraced going green and are proud to have made it a focus of our business – we even won Door & Window Manufacturer magazine’s Green Product Award in 2011. Sustainability is important to us not only because it is essential to our planet, but also because the energy efficient products we sell and the techniques we employ at our organization have helped save customers tens of thousands of dollars annually. Household savings after tweaking your home with key energy efficient home improvements can be as much as a whopping $1,500 annually in extreme cases.
Here are a few simple tips that you can implement in your home to start making a difference today:
- Assess your energy usage by conducting a home energy audit. This includes checking your home’s insulation, lighting and heating/cooling equipment to be sure it’s up to par. The results of the audit will help you prioritize energy efficiency projects.
- Replace old attic insulation with a new product that has a better ability to resist heat transfer, like our Solar Eclipse energy barrier attic insulation product.
- Install a programmable thermostat to cut down on your AC usage while you’re away from home or sleeping. We believe in this tip so much that we’re giving away a free Nest thermostat to customers who invest in our Solar Eclipse attic insulation to make this solution even more effective in reducing energy costs.
- Swap old light bulbs out for energy efficient, compact fluorescent bulbs that emit a brighter light and last longer.
- Seek out drafts around kitchen and bath vents, doors, windows and outlet covers. Repair any leaks by sealing with caulk or weather stripping to keep air from escaping.
- Install door sweeps on the bottoms of all doors leading outside so that they lightly graze the existing threshold and keep hot air outside, and cool air in.
- Plant trees or shrubs to shade AC units, but make sure they don’t block the airflow.
With the ever increasing cost of energy needed to run, heat and air condition your home, energy efficiency has never been more important, and we’re here to help. Through this blog, our goal is to bring you the latest home trends, tips and product information to help you make informed decisions about your own energy efficiency and overall home remodeling goals. Stay tuned!