Summer is the perfect time to make your home more energy efficient. With temperatures soaring, it's important to take steps to conserve energy and keep your home cool. There are many simple home improvements you can make that will save you money on your energy bills. Here are some tips to make your home more energy efficient this summer.
Update your appliances – If your home is equipped with older, outdated appliances, they are likely using more energy than necessary. Replacing old appliances with new, energy-efficient models can help you save money on your energy bills.
Check your windows and doors – Make sure that your home's windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent cool air from escaping. Drafty windows and doors can make your home feel warmer and cause your air conditioner to work overtime. Sealing cracks and gaps around windows and doors will help keep the cool air in and the hot air out.
Invest in a programmable thermostat – A programmable thermostat is a great way to save energy and money. You can set the thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature when you are away from home or asleep, so you're not cooling an empty house.
Add insulation – Adding insulation to your home is a great way to keep cool air in and hot air out. Attic insulation is particularly important in keeping your home cool in the summer months.
Replace old light bulbs – Replacing old incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs can reduce your energy costs. LED bulbs use less energy and last longer than traditional light bulbs.
These are just a few tips for making your home more energy efficient this summer. Implementing even a couple of these can help you save money on your energy bills.
Ready to make home improvements? Consider putting the equity you’ve built in your home to work for you with a Civista Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). Use your revolving line of credit again and again, up to your available limit, to keep your home cool and more energy efficient this summer. Learn more about Civista’s HELOC.