Have you recently become more aware of energy efficiency in your home? Do you feel like there is a lot of missed potential right now and that your house could be doing better in terms of energy savings? This is the case for many homeowners who also may be surprised at just how many upgrades and projects offer improvements. To help get your to-do list started here’s a look at six energy-efficient upgrades and projects that are well worth tackling in your home in 2021.
Replace Old Windows
If you’re looking to improve energy efficiency in the home look no further than your windows. Over time it’s only natural that air starts to escape thereby forcing your home heating or cooling system to work harder to keep the temperature comfortable. While the average lifespan tends to be 15-30 years, most professionals recommend replacing windows no later than 20 years of age, with just a little more needed with double glazing windows. If they are in poor condition before that point, obviously you’ll need to do it sooner. Homeowners can check out options like a window installation expert.
Upgrade the Showerheads
Why not make 2021 the year you upgrade your shower experience with an all-new showerhead. Today’s low-flow models use much less water, yet there is no sacrifice in terms of performance. Why not invest in one of the rainforest showerheads that transforms your shower into a tropical oasis?
Swap Out the Toilets
While you’re making upgrades in the bathroom, why not also swap out the old toilets for new low-flow models. Again they use much less water which also means money saved on your water bill.
Replace Your Thermostat
Nowadays there are so many smart home gadgets worth looking into, but one that can make a huge difference in energy efficiency is a smart thermostat. These provide all kinds of useful features such as being able to adjust the temperature remotely from your mobile device, setting different temperatures for different times of the day, and giving you more pinpointed control. It’s the kind of gadget that will end up paying for itself very quickly.
Improve Exterior Caulking
This is also a great time to inspect the exterior caulking on door and window frames. Over time the caulking can start to crack and chip away, which means air escapes and gets into your home. Creating an airtight seal is an essential part of energy efficiency.
With this project, you don’t just want to apply fresh caulking over the old stuff, though. You want to be sure you remove as much as you can and then apply the new caulking. This project is best done in the fall or spring.
Time for New Appliances
The final upgrade to tackle in 2021 is to update your old appliances with energy-efficient ones. This includes all the major household appliances, small and large, plus items like the television, computer, and so forth.
By investing a little time and money in these energy savings projects you’ll start racking up the savings in terms of your utility bills.
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