by William B. Campbell, III, VP of Sales and Marketing, Campbell Property Management
According to energy.gov, “A typical American family spends $2,000 a year on their home energy bills.” Make your South Florida home energy efficient and you can cut your energy bills by 20 to 30 percent. There is also the added benefit of helping the environment by minimizing your carbon footprint.
There are many ways to reduce electricity costs in your home. Here are 12 ways to make your South Florida home more energy efficient:
- Make sure your walls and attic are well insulated – Effective insulation slows the rate of heat flowing into your home. Blown-in insulation can really save a good amount of energy.
- Seal windows and doors – Installing door sweeps on the bottom of your doors and caulking your windows can also prevent heat from entering and cool air from escaping.
- Install low-flow toilets and showerheads – Toilets use 40% of a home’s water usage. Low-flow toilets can save up to 9,000 gallons of water a year.
- Replace incandescent lightblubs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) – These lightbulbs last 10 times longer and use 75% less energy.
- Purchase energy-efficient appliances and electronics and operate them cost-effectively – Replacing all of your appliances can get pricey, so if you can only afford to replace one appliance, let it be the refrigerator. This is one of the biggest energy consuming appliances in your home.
- Install a programmable thermostat and a timer for your water heater – Keep your thermostat set to a higher temperature when you are away and don’t heat your water heater when you are not there to use it.
- Obtain an energy-efficient water heater, or use an energy-efficient water heater that doesn’t need to use electricity– Tankless water heaters can save energy, but they take a few years to pay for themselves.
- Put solar film or solar shades on the outside of windows to cut heat.
- Change your AC filters regularly – This helps your unit run more efficiently and maximizes the flow of air from the vents.
- Landscape with shade trees – Adding shade trees outside a large window can help block your home from strong light and keeps it cool.
- Invest in an attic fan – These can drop the temperature of your home and help your AC from working so hard.
- Install solar panels – Panels can be used to heat hot water or generate electricity. They can be expensive up front, but will help you to lower your energy costs over the long term.
Interested in learning more ways to reduce your home’s electricity costs? Visit energy.gov for more information. Energy audits can also help homeowners figure out the most effective ways to reduce energy costs in their homes.
Have you gone through the process of making your home more energy efficient? If so, what did you do? Let us know in the comment section below.