9 KEY FEATURES FOUND IN MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES
A fast-growing trend in Los Angeles has been energy-efficient housing, or “going green." Whether you're selling a home or just trying to upgrade your existing home to increase energy savings, or improving the energy efficiency of your home is a win – win for more eco-friendly purposes.
Even if your home is relatively new, with some simple steps you could save valuable energy and money.
Improving the efficiency of your home with features such as insulation, water heaters, heating and cooling equipment with high efficiency and even pool pumps will help you:
- Save money on energy bills.
- Increase the comfort level in your home with better air distribution and less noise.
- Create a healthier living environment as it prevents pollutants.
- Contribute to a cleaner environment by using less energy and increased efficiency of energy production.
The first way to prove energy-efficient in your home is through LEED certification. The U.S. Green Building Council provides a certification program that will show productivity in your building. While this may be an expensive course of action to take to ensure that your home is indeed an energy-efficient one, it may be worth it.
While, in most energy-efficient homes, nine key features are found here:
- Home insulation. Want a quieter and a more comfy place to live at? Home insulation will help you get just that. It will also reduce your heating and cooling energy costs.
- Window replacement. Double pane, low emissivity (low-e) windows can also reduce outside noise, drafts and heating and cooling costs.
- Solar thermal. These systems harness the power of the sun to both heat water and the home.
- Air sealing. Reduces drafts as it saves energy costs. It also keeps must, mold and allergens out.
- Solar electric panels. Converting sunlight into electricity reduces the collective dependence on fossil fuel. Solar can immediately lower your energy costs and at the same time help save the environment.
- Energy efficient lighting. Replacing incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient CFLs and LED lighting can reduce household energy consumption by 50-75%.
- Duct sealing. If your furnace suddenly turns on and off, or if you have rooms that are too hot or too cold, it is a sign that your duct has leaked. (The average home duct system leaks 30% or more.) Proper sealing of the ducts increases energy consumption by efficiently directing the air in your home.
- Energy Star appliances. New Energy Star model appliances (washer, dryer and refrigerator) will cut energy consumption by half compared to over 10-year-old models.
- Efficiency water heaters. Reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting a high efficiency or a tankless water heater.
Maintaining an energy-efficient home would give you peace of mind. And of course, in addition to the obvious financial savings, realizing that you are doing your part in preserving our environment for future generations to enjoy.
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At Frontline Electrical Services we love helping our customers feel safe and secure in their homes. To have your home’s wiring checked or to receive your free home energy consult and you are in the Benicia, Walnut Creek or Fairfield, California or surrounding areas, contact us today at 800-945-0268 (here is a map to our location) and we’ll have one of our certified specialist analyze your electricity usage and give you the information you need to make sure your home is the most energy-efficient it can be!