Get our free book on rainwater now - To Catch the Rain.

Difference between revisions of "How to make your home more energy efficient"

From Appropedia
Jump to: navigation, search
(Windows)
(Tags: ANON EDIT. To be patrolled., n)
Line 1: Line 1:
 
==Introduction==
 
==Introduction==
 
This page lists different home energy retrofits that can improve energy efficiency in standard US homes. Many people in the United States live in homes that were built in the last century. According to the EPA, homes built before the 20th century were generally more efficient. <ref> http://epa.gov/region5/sustainable/energyadvice.html </ref> There are many ways you can save money and energy in your home as listed below.
 
This page lists different home energy retrofits that can improve energy efficiency in standard US homes. Many people in the United States live in homes that were built in the last century. According to the EPA, homes built before the 20th century were generally more efficient. <ref> http://epa.gov/region5/sustainable/energyadvice.html </ref> There are many ways you can save money and energy in your home as listed below.
[[Category:Eng 308]]
 
  
 
==Start with a home energy Audit==
 
==Start with a home energy Audit==

Revision as of 01:32, 11 October 2012

Introduction

This page lists different home energy retrofits that can improve energy efficiency in standard US homes. Many people in the United States live in homes that were built in the last century. According to the EPA, homes built before the 20th century were generally more efficient. [1] There are many ways you can save money and energy in your home as listed below.

Start with a home energy Audit

A home energy audit is a way in which you can actually look at what areas of your home you are using and probably losing energy. While you could always hire a professional to do this, we recommend you learn how to do this yourself and learn how to do it right. It is your home we are talking about. Here is a good website that talks about a lot of the things you should keep in mind when doing a home energy audit. [2]

how to do an electrical energy audit Observational U.S. home energy assessment

Also Learn the Importance of phantom loads

Retrofits

Windows

Your windows may be one of the biggest contributing factors as to why your house is too cold in the winter and or too hot in the summer.[3] However there are many different things to try on your windows other than just buying new ones. Individuals might find some things more cost effective than others. Use these helpful tools. thermal curtains Also Film on your Windows. [4] This is essentially just a protective covering to slow heat loss. [5]

Lighting and Different Light Bulbs

One of the simplest ways to save a copious amount of energy is switching your incandescent light bulbs to CFL or compact fluorescents. A 15W CFL is capable of providing just as much light as a 60W Incandescent, while consuming just one fourth of the amount of energy. [6]

Water

Your home probably loses thousands of gallons of water a year. [7] [8] There are many things to know and ways to save, depending on your budget and how much you are willing to do.

Insulation

Insulation can be a huge help in saving the energy that you are already using, that you are loosing by not insulating well in the first place.

Notes and references

See also