The energy-efficiency of your home is one of its most important properties. It is right up there with the size of the place and its location. Why? Well, because it is relevant every single day that you spend in the place. It determines how much time and power it takes to heat up or cool down the place, which makes a sizable difference in your lifestyle quality. Second, it affects your utility bill as one of the biggest items on the list. Therefore, it is a pivotal matter for the entirety of your budget. Still, is there anything that you can do in order to boost the energy-efficiency of the place? Here are several home improvements with this potential.

Turn towards smart technology

Going smart is incredibly important for helping your home reach a peak of energy efficiency. This is due to the fact that smart technology allows you to automate your power saving. For instance, when heating up the place, you want to reach the optimal temporal efficiency. You don’t want to have the place cold when you arrive from work, nor do you want to heat an empty house for 8 hours just so you can return to the warm home. By using smart technology, you can program anything from your home’s heating to its illumination. Even the irrigation system is programmable.

Smarter lighting

The next simple thing you can do is install all sorts of alternative lighting solutions around the place. Traditional incandescent bulbs are the least efficient method of illuminating your living space. Instead, you should go for an LED. What does this provide you with? First, you get a chance to illuminate the space with the same intensity with 4-10 times less power spent. This is possible because LED bulbs don’t waste power generating as much heat as their incandescent counterparts. Instead, they’re primarily light-centric. For those who are still not sure about this, just take a look at the Watt-to-lumen ratio of these two options.

Installing solar panels

Generating your own energy is always something that you can consider. Sure, it’s a major investment. On average, you might have to spend as much as $17,000 to start and it may take you 7 to 20 years for it to pay off. Now, you might have noticed that there’s a massive difference between 7 and 20 years. This is a huge electrical improvement for any home. This depends on whether there are government grants and programs for going green. It also depends on whether you have the option to sell the excess power back to the grid. All in all, you need to do your research beforehand.

Replace your windows and insulate your walls

Another thing worth considering is the way in which your home retains heat during the colder part of the year and the cold air during the summer. The way to improve that is to replace all your windows with double-glazing ones. This can reduce your power bill by $250, every year. You can take one step further and insulate your walls. For those who are aiming at optimal efficiency, it would be ideal to insulate the attic itself. Replacing the exterior doors will also make a difference in energy-efficiency. Even here, you have multiple energy-friendly options like French doors.

Upgrade your appliances

New appliances come with more than just new features. There are a lot of appliances that are specifically made to be energy-efficient. This means that they offer the same performance and consume only a fraction of the energy to do so. Keep in mind that upgrading your appliances might cost quite a bit, even though it saves you a substantial amount of money in the future. Therefore, you need to consider finding the right balance. A home remodeling loan is a great way to finance this but there are other methods worth keeping in mind. Also, you don’t have to buy it all at once.

Check economy setting

It might be worth checking out whether the appliance in question has the economy option. First of all, this doesn’t mean settling on the performance. Keep in mind that this is merely a scenario where you are choosing a setting that saves energy while still delivering the result that you’re looking for. So, why isn’t this the default setting? Well, because it is up to the user to choose between frugality and performance. Switching between settings is also a valid option.

Research your materials

Researching materials for your home improvement projects may make a world of a difference. Adding a woolen rug to the center of the room may raise its temperature by 2 degrees Celsius. This means that you have to spend less energy to further heat up the place. Other materials like brick, wood and various kinds of construction and decorative materials have their own energy-efficient properties. The way they maintain heat (as opposed to cold concrete) is a significant factor and may turn around the whole energy-efficient structure in the workplace.

In conclusion

Ideally, you would build an energy-efficient home from scratch but even if this is not an option, there are a lot of home improvement options that are capable of making the difference. Saving money on energy-efficiency leaves more room in your budget for various things that you’ve always wanted but could never afford. It’s like making money from thin air, seeing as how you’re making a saving without sacrificing anything. Seeing as how it also helps you save the planet, it’s a win-win scenario.

Author's Bio: 

Ron Wolf is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.