3 DIY Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

January 22, 2016
Ross and Witmer

Many Charlotte, North Carolina, homeowners are clueless when it comes to improving the energy efficiency of their home. However, there are a few simple tasks you can do by yourself to make your home efficient and cut your energy bills. If you’re curious how to become more energy-efficient, here are a few simple steps to take.

Install a Smart Thermostat

The latest addition to home efficiency is the smart thermostat. By using data based on your temperature habits, a smart thermostat controls the comfort level of the home by using less energy when you aren’t home or turning it up at peak times. In addition, you can use a smartphone to monitor your monthly usage, as well as turn it off when you aren’t at home.

Get a Home Health Assessment

Even with all the do-it-yourself remedies, many homes need professional care to assess their energy efficiency. Many of these tests are free and test the attic, crawlspace, exterior, and interior of the home. It not only shows where you lack in energy efficiency but also where danger lurks. You can then make the changes yourself or let a technician fix them for you.

Weatherproof Leaks and Gaps

If the draft in your home is a small one, you can fix it yourself. Around windows, simply check for air leaking into the home. Then, take a caulking gun and simply plug the holes. Another great way to weatherproof your home is by installing new weatherstripping around doors, especially if the old weatherstripping is brittle or damaged. There are also pieces of foam that snap on to the bottom of doors, which help keep out cold gusts or hot air. A great way to assess leaks is to schedule a home energy audit, if you aren’t up to the task yourself.

No matter what you do to weatherproof your home, remember that you’re not only cutting your energy bills, but you’re also reducing your carbon footprint. If you have any questions or concerns, or just want some expert advice, call the professionals at Ross & Witmer today at 704-392-6188.

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