It’s no secret that it’s important to improve your home’s energy efficiency where you can. In fact, the U.S. can cut 550 million metric tons of carbon pollution by 2050 just by using better insulation, weatherization, and more energy-efficient appliances.
Here are a few ways you can make your home more energy-efficient to reduce your carbon footprint and improve your energy bills.
- Replace your windows. Replacing your windows probably isn’t your first thought when it comes to improving your home’s energy efficiency. But up to 30% of your home’s heating and cooling energy is lost through your windows. That’s 30% of your heating/cooling that you’re not using. Replacement windows keep your home a comfortable temperature throughout the year.
- Replace your front door. Your windows aren’t the only part of your house that could be draining your energy. If your front door is difficult to open and close and it sticks during the summer months, it might be a good time to replace it. Not only does replacing your front door make it easier to come in and out of your house, but it also prevents your heating and cooling from leaking out through any gaps.
- Look for the Energy Star label when shopping for appliances. When you need new appliances, especially larger appliances, keep an eye out for those with the Energy Star label. Energy Star appliances have U.S. EPA and Department of Energy approval for being the most energy-efficient products in their class. A washer and dryer with an Energy Star label can save you up to $100 a year compared to older models.
- Use cold water to wash your laundry. Speaking of energy-efficient washers and dryers, you can be even more energy-efficient by washing your clothes in cold water. Not only will your clothes get just as clean as they would in hot water but the colors are also less likely to bleed.
- Replace your HVAC filters regularly. Your HVAC filters are what keep your air clean. They collect dust and debris. But when they get clogged, it can be hard for your system to deliver your warm or cool air efficiently. Be sure to clean your filters at least once a month.
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Whether you’re working on a remodeling project or you need new vinyl frames, All American Doors has the replacement windows and doors you need to make your home energy-efficient. For more information about upgrading windows and doors, contact All American Doors today.