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Most Efficient Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency

The average American household has a $2,200 yearly energy bill according to the EPA. There are many ways you can improve your home to make sure that your energy bill goes down. In this post, I’m going to list what I think are the most efficient ways to increase your energy savings.

Let’s take a look at what you should think about before construction (just skip thi

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s step if you are past this stage):

 

Maybe surprising to some, orientation of your house is crucial when it comes to energy efficiency. Depending on what climate you live in, you should consider taking advantage of the free temperatures from outside and the sunlight. In America, an east-west orientation is usually best.

Appropriate placement of windows has a lot to do with the same principles as the one above. You want to take advantage of daylight wherever it is possible.

 

Next up are improvements you can quite easily implement after your house is constructed:

Energy efficient windows and proper insulation are probably the most important aspects of energy conservation in a house. At the same time, this is where most houses fail. Improving these might seem like tedious work and expensive, but on the other hand, this is where most people see the largest gains. Don’t overlook them.

Check for potential leaks in your house. If you are unsure where to begin, I couldn’t recommend a professional energy audit enough.  They often use thermal imaging devices to see where your leaks are and they know what to with them.

Make sure to use a good heating and cooling system. There are many different types out there, from conventional furnaces to geothermal heat pumps. Make sure that you choose a solution that is appropriate for where you stay. In general, normal heat pumps are often the best solution. They take advantage of the free energy from the outsides and suck it into your house.  This is typically done with 1/3  of the electricity/energy needs of conventional heating.

There are also big gains to be made by choosing an appropriate hot water system. Make sure to go with one that has good energy ratings – It is not uncommon for hot water systems to take up ¼ of the energy bill.

My goal with this article was to inform people about improving energy efficiency in their house. While I listed the most important ones in this article, there are also many other aspects of energy efficiency you should check out: http://energyinformative.org

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