If you’ve already installed solar panels on your roof, then you know how satisfying it is to have a source of power at your fingertips. However, is your solar setup working as efficiently as it could be? Even though your installer made sure that you got the most sunlight possible, you could be wasting the energy that you’re harvesting, which can defeat the whole purpose.
Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to improve your energy efficiency. All you have to do is figure out what’s using the most power and upgrade it to something better. For homeowners, here are the six most common ways to conserve the solar energy you’re producing.
At first, this may seem like more of a hassle than anything, considering that you will have to plug them back in whenever you need to use them. But turning electronics off isn’t enough to do the trick. Unfortunately, it turns out that there is always electricity running, even when the device is not operating.
This use of electricity is “phantom power,” and it can increase your overall energy usage. Usually, high-tech electronics are the worst culprits because they have indicator lights that stay on all the time, but even things like your washer and dryer can be guilty of using power all the time.
Seal Cracks and Gaps
No matter how new your home is, there is almost a zero percent chance that it’s airtight. As a result, your heating and cooling systems have to work harder because air is leaking through cracks in doorways, windows, and other parts of your house.
While you cannot identify and plug every single gap in your home, the most common culprits are windows and doors. The good news is that you don’t have to replace them to conserve power. Instead, seal any cracks with caulk, and you’re good to go. Also, make sure that your doorways don’t have gaps where air can seep in or leak out.
Upgrade to LED
If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs, then now is the perfect time to switch. Not only are LEDs more energy-efficient, but they are much cheaper than they used to be. Overall, LED bulbs will pay for themselves in a matter of years and wind up earning money by the time you have to replace them (25 years later).
Use a Smart Thermostat
Rather than try to figure out what temperature is ideal for your home, get a device that can compute everything for you. These days, smart thermostats can ensure that you’re maximizing your energy bills by optimizing the ambient temperature at all hours of the day. Overall, you can save up to 15% on utilities with this technology.
Insulate Your Home
Insulation installation is going to be the most intensive item on this list, but it can also be the most valuable. If your walls are lacking insulation, then it likely costs you significantly every year. Call in an inspector to see what you need to do and then make it happen. Once you get the proper materials installed, you will see a noticeable difference in both how your home feels and how much money you spend each month.
Upgrade Your Water Heater
You may not realize it, but heating water requires massive amounts of energy. Thus, if you have an old water heater in your house, you’re spending way too much on hot showers and washing your dishes. A smart heater will ensure that you get more bang for your buck and that you can reduce your overall electricity output in the process.
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