There are many methods available to improve the energy efficiency of your home. They range from small adjustments in your behavior to major changes to your home. The following article will discuss simple ways you can protect the environment and lower your monthly energy costs by making your home more energy-efficient. 

Smart Electricity Practices

Substantial energy savings can be gained from being mindful of several smart electricity practices. One simple practice is simply turning off lights in rooms where no one is present. You should also make sure you are using light bulbs that are energy efficient. 

BC Hydro explains that a common misconception about electrical devices is that you can turn the power off to end their energy usage. The truth is, electrical appliances and devices will continue to consume energy if plugged into an outlet even when the power is off on these items. Always unplug appliances that are not in use. 

Running on Renewable Energy

Investing in renewable energy is a great way to make your home more energy-efficient. Renewable energy sources can lower the cost to satisfy the energy needs of your home and, in many cases, award you significant tax incentives. 

One way an environmentally conscious homeowner can contribute to the green energy movement is to purchase renewable energy certificates. According to Kiwi Energy, renewable energy certificates represent a certain amount of renewable energy on the electric grid, and their purchase ensures that that amount of renewable energy is provided to the grid.

Other ways you can take advantage of renewable energy sources include installing:

  • Solar panels on the roof

  • Wind turbines

  • Solar water heaters

  • Solar air conditioning

  • Solar ovens

Plant Shrubs and Shade Trees

Extension says that planting trees and shrubs is a great way to save energy, especially for older homes with not so great insulation. These trees should be planted on the west side of your home, and they will block heat-inducing infrared rays from the sun in the summer months. In the winter, the bare branches will allow the sun’s rays through to the house. This effect will also be present in newer homes with better insulation, but it won’t be as dramatic. 

There are many benefits for homeowners who implement ways to make their homes more energy-efficient. Some of these energy-saving techniques and practices can be easily implemented with little cost to you. Others are admittedly more complicated. The three energy-saving solutions above are a great place for homeowners who are concerned with reducing the energy consumption of their properties to start.

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