Owning a home, whether it is a modest one or a mini-mansion, has long been a cornerstone of the American Dream. In fact, according to a poll which was recently conducted by several prominent research companies, 61 percent of residents still believe that this dream will provide them with both stability and security.
How that house functions, however, constantly changes and evolves in order to accommodate the needs of its residents. Today, prospective buyers and homeowners aren’t looking for housing with all the latest and greatest gadgets, but rather those homes that are energy proof.
This is in large part due to the fact that nobody, at least nobody I’ve ever met, likes getting hit with a $300.00 electric bill. In fact, based on the U.S. Department of Energy’s national averages, 44 percent of these costs are associated with heating and cooling while another 33 percent is associated with lighting and appliance use.
Energy proofing your home is economical, plain and simple. Even renters want homes and apartments that are energy efficient. In some areas, electricity companies are working with residents to combat the increasing cost of high electricity bills, by providing them with rebates, tax incentives and low-voltage fixtures.
Something as simple as ensuring a home is provided with the correct amount of insulation, along with a high R-Value, can make all of the difference in the world when you consider just how good a job a home does at keeping you toasty in the winter and cool in the summer.
Saving energy is both cost effective, and environmentally friendly, so what better way to reduce your monthly and annual energy costs than installing double paned windows, sealing air ducts and all leaks, install the proper size air conditioning, use energy star rated appliances and more?
Energy Proofing Your Home Tips
- Consider unplugging, or using a power strip, when not in use. I personally make it a habit before I leave for work to walk around my home and unplug all chargers and small appliances including my microwave.
- Don’t leave lights on – even if it means walking behind your husband and kids to ensure that they’re off. With today’s technology, you can even opt to install timers or automated home lighting.