4 Tips to Making Your Home More Energy Efficient in 2019

4 Tips to Making Your Home More Energy Efficient in 2019

Check out these four tips to make your home more energy efficient this year.

If your resolution for 2019 includes cutting back on household expenses, making your home more energy efficient should be at the top of your list. You’ll find a wide range of products to help decrease your home’s energy consumption. Check out these four tips to make your home more energy efficient this year.

Go Solar

Harnessing the power of the sun is an easy way to incorporate energy efficiency into your home this year. Rooftop solar panels are becoming more popular and less expensive. Tax incentives can drastically reduce the cost of these systems.

Other solar powered options include outdoor lighting. You can choose a variety of lighting options that won’t consume any electricity. Solar powered flood lights, pathway lights, garden and porch lights are just a few of the many options available. Many of these lights are also motion censored, making them even more energy efficient. Consider installing a few of these around the outside of your home.

Auto-Renew Filters

The heating and cooling systems of your home are the primary source of energy consumption. Replacing older furnaces with newer energy efficient models is an excellent way to instantly cut down on energy costs. Can’t afford the newer options? Consider ordering your furnace filters online with an auto-renewal option. You’ll receive a new filter every few months making it easy to change. Doing so can help reduce energy costs as the heating and cooling systems won’t have to work as hard to force air through a clogged filter. Having the filters sent directly to your home also makes it more likely that you’ll replace them more often.

Plant Trees

If you live in the city of trees or an area with plenty of shade you may already be living more efficiently than you think. If not so much, an excellent way to add prolonged energy savings to your home is to plant shade trees in the yard. Not only do trees cut down on the amount of heat that hits your home, but they can also raise your home’s overall value. Trees help the environment by providing more air filtering qualities to the neighborhood. They also provide homes for pollinators and area wildlife. An Auburn University study concluded that your home’s energy costs will be reduced up to 11% by just having a mere 17% of your home shaded by a tree. Planting a few shade trees around your house today is a great investment that will make your home energy efficient for years to come.

Install A Tankless Water Heater

Many homeowners are choosing to ditch the large water heaters that can take up a good chunk of energy by continuously heating many gallons of water. A Tankless water heater only heats up the water that you immediately use. These smaller water heating systems cut down on the amount of space needed for heating water and cut down on the wasted energy of heating water that will need to be reheated later. Both gas and electric powered tankless heaters are available in these on-demand applications.

Any of these four tips will save you money and make your home more energy efficient in the new year. Upgrading to a tankless water heater and solar powered lights may cost you up front, but think of the savings you’ll see in 2019 and for years to come.

Corinne Mash

Being a full-time working Mother of 2 lovely little girls, I really get the value in multi tasking. And that is exactly what comes into play in most real estate transactions. Being able to keep all of the moving parts in order, to ensure that my clients are comfortable, calm and happy with the outcome. I have striven to build my business on the basic and time proven principles of truth, integrity and the highest possible level of professionalism. Those foundations are what drive me and my business. I am a Member of the Durham Region Association of Realtors - DRAR Member of the Real Estate Council of Ontario- RECO Member of the Canadian Real Estate Association - CREA Member of the Ontario Real Estate Association - OREA Member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario – ILCO. As a Law Clerk, I have a strong foundation of legal concepts and applications relevant to residential real estate including: land division in Ontario, the many faceted land registration system, surveys, title insurance, ownership, the agreement of purchase and sale, the numerous applicable statutes, purchasing, selling, and closing the transaction. I am Smart Certified and have kept up to date on all the latest advancements in the Smart Housing sector. I love working with first time buyers or clients with families. I have high regard for attention to detail, because, ultimately, that will guide a smooth transaction and make the experience a pleasant one for my clients. If they are happy, then I certainly am too. On a personal side, I am involved in numerous Charitable Foundations. I have always felt strongly about giving back to the community and love paying it forward. At CB RMR I am on the Community Committee that is charged with creating fun outings for our large client base. That’s just one more way of giving back to both the community and our clients.
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