In a time where climate change is very real, it’s important for all of us to do our part to live in a more eco-friendly way. But when you’re a parent, it can feel like there’s no time to assess how you can go about being a more energy-conscious homeowner. If you’re struggling to find ways to be more energy efficient at home, here are a few tips to help you out.
Take Care of Small Leaks ASAP
Did you know that almost 10% of homes in the U.S. have leaks in their plumbing that can waste almost 90 gallons of water every day? If you’re not careful about keeping up with plumbing maintenance, your home could be one of them. It’s especially important to keep up with plumbing maintenance if you’re living in an older home. When pipes are older, it’s likely that they haven’t been looked at in a little while. Unfortunately, that makes it even more important to get them looked at. The last thing you want is for a small leak to turn into a burst pipe because you didn’t have the foresight to have it looked at. Aside from preventing home disasters, maintaining your plumbing means you’re wasting less water as a result of old pipes or small leaks. When you’re using your water more efficiently, you’re being more energy-conscious in the process.
Invest in Better Insulation
One of the most common places where energy goes to waste is your doors, windows, and attic. In fact, almost 30% of your home’s heating energy is lost through its windows. That said, it might be time to look into better insulation options for your house. If you’re not sure whether you’re losing heat through doors, windows, and your attic, the first thing you need to do is run a simple test. If you walk by windows or doors that lead directly outside and feel a breeze or an abnormal drop in temperature, it’s probably time to reevaluate your insulation. Likewise, if you feel like you could be outside when you stand in your attic, your insulation has probably seen better days. It’s also worth checking on your roof to make sure you’re not losing additional heat from problems there.
Landscape with Strategy
Having a strategy for landscaping on your property serves more purposes than increasing value. Even though a landscaped patio can raise the value of your home by almost 12.5%, ROI is just one benefit that comes from skillful landscaping. In addition, landscape with energy efficiency in mind. If you’re planting trees, are you planting them in locations where they’ll provide ample shade for your home? Placing trees, shrubs, and other plants in strategic areas around your home can make a bigger difference than you might think when it comes to conserving energy on your property. When placed correctly, trees can help provide shade for your home and keep it cooler during the summer months. Likewise, they can provide a barrier for snow and cold winds during the winter months. As a result, your HVAC system won’t need to use as much energy to keep your home at a consistent temperature.
Creating a more energy-conscious home can feel like a big undertaking. Fortunately, a few simple home projects can help you save energy and live more comfortably.