It’s easy to guess some of the biggest energy users in home. The US Environmental Protection Agency says more than 40 percent of the energy use in a home goes to heating and hot water. Technology can help us take steps to reduce the energy use in our homes through the use of more efficient heating systems and even more by switching to CO2 neutral renewable energy sources such as geothermal and solar. Of course, we can take some simple steps to reduce energy use as well. Keep reading to find out how!
- Upgrade your thermostat
Thermostats have come an incredibly long way in efficiency and connectivity. By using a modern thermostat that is connected to Wi-Fi, you can control how much energy you’re using even while you’re away! Does your house really need to be as warm when you’re not there? It’s easy to turn down the temperature and save some energy until you’re ready to come home; then simply turn up the heat and it’ll be comfortable by the time you get there.
They don’t call them ‘smart’ thermostats for nothing; the thermostat can be programmed to be on a schedule, or adapt to the temperatures you’re comfortable at. Ready to make the change? Check out the Bosch Control and what it can do for you.
2. Switch to a tankless water heater
We’ve already written another post on this – that’s how much we believe you should make the switch! Tankless water heaters provide practically endless hot water on demand, saving you time and your home energy. Why wait for water to heat up and why pay to keep it constantly heated? A tankless model will heat water when you need it and turn it off when you don’t, lowering your monthly bill by up to 50%.
3. Consider a condensing boiler
If you’re replacing a boiler or desire a new system altogether, think about getting a condensing boiler. In a non-condensing model, some heat escapes up the flue when the boiler is on; in a condensing model, this heat is captured and used to preheat cold water rather than going to waste. Not only are these boilers better for the environment, they’re also more efficient than their non-condensing counterparts by at least 25%!
When trying to improve your home for better energy efficiency, don’t neglect the little fix-ups that can be done; we’re talking about sealing drafts from windows, replacing worn weather strips, and insulating where necessary. For more tips on creating an energy efficient home, check out this guide from Proud Green Home!