6 Tips to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
At StorEn Technologies, we want to make greener living accessible to everyone. While vanadium batteries for your home will certainly make a big impact on its energy efficiency once they’re widely available, you can still create a more energy efficient home by taking the steps below:
1. Replace Your Windows
Old, drafty windows let cool air escape in the summer, and frigid drafts into your home in the winter. Although replacing windows is quite the undertaking (not to mention a big investment!), it will actually save you money in the long run by making your home energy efficient. Experts estimate that replacing old windows can slash energy costs for residential buildings and houses up to 50 percent.
The best windows have two panes of glass with argon gas in the between them for insulation. A low-emissivity coating on the glass is a good idea too, as this keeps the sun from heating your home in the summer months.
2. Consider Solar Energy
StorEn Tech makes vanadium batteries that store solar energy when it’s sunny out so this energy can then be used at night or on days when it’s rainy or overcast. By living off the grid, you’ll be able to reduce your home’s environmental impact. Because energy from the sun is free, you only have to pay the start-up costs and a nominal amount for periodic maintenance, making solar energy a great way to increase the energy efficiency of your home.
Pairing solar energy with a vanadium flow battery even protects against natural disasters by allowing you to power your home when forest fires or other natural disasters bring down the power grid.
3. Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances
When replacing appliances in your home, look for models that have a high Energy Star rating, which means they’re more energy efficient than standard models. That said, don’t run out and replace all of your appliances right away! Using them until the end of their natural lifespan is the greenest solution. In the meantime, you can boost the energy efficiency of your current appliances—clean your refrigerator’s coils to remove dust and dirt, perform regular maintenance, and unplug any appliances or electronics that are not in use.
4. Switch to LED Bulbs
Replace any standard incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs and you’ll save energy and money. LED bulbs last up to 20 times longer and produce 20 times more light than incandescent bulbs, all while consuming just a fraction of the energy. Rather than replacing all of your bulbs at once, keep the costs manageable by simply replacing your bulbs with energy-efficient versions as they burn out.
5. Get a Programmable Thermostat
Upgrade to a programmable thermostat, which allows you to set different temperatures for different times of day, rather than keeping your home the same temperature all day long. The Department of Energy estimates that programmable thermostats have the potential to save homeowners 10 percent on heating and cooling costs every year.
6. Perform an Energy Audit
Hire a professional to conduct an energy audit of your home to help you find energy-consuming issues that you may have otherwise overlooked. Leaking pipes, poor insulation, and inadequately sealed windows are all examples of this. Auditors can also provide recommendations for how to make your home more energy efficient and save money on your utility bills.
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