Spring may be right around the corner, but temperatures can still dip in the face of unexpected storms and weather. To keep yourself comfortable and energy consumption low in your home, energy efficient upgrades are an ideal solution. There are several ways in which you can make your home cozier and even improve your health in the process. Conducting a home energy assessment is one way to identify opportunities that will make your home more energy efficient. Depending on the home, the assessment may call for caulking up drafts, which will improve your home’s air quality and prevent air from leaking out or coming in. Virginia Energy Sense is the Commonwealth’s energy education program, and while we’re not doctors, we can prescribe solutions to make your home more energy efficient. Below is a list of tips we’ve compiled to help ensure your home is comfortable all year round.
Insulate your home – Poor insulation can make a chilly night even colder. Insulating your home, especially your attic and basement, will cut down on home energy use and keep out the cold.
Seal air leaks – Sealing, weathering-stripping or caulking any openings in your home around windows and doors will keep air from escaping and help maintain your desired temperature.
Check your fireplace – Replace older fireplaces with energy efficient systems to reduce drafts and make sure it is sealed properly.
Replace air filters – Replacing your air filters regularly can reduce your energy consumption. In addition, you’ll be breathing in cleaner air at home.
Maintain your HVAC system – Consider getting your furnace and air conditioning system serviced once per year to ensure it is running at peak efficiency.
Replace old appliances – Older appliances are not as efficient as newer models. Purchasing ENERGY STAR equipment is a great step toward increasing your home’s overall energy efficiency.
Set your thermostat – You can further reduce your energy consumption by setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit while you are at home.
Use your fan – If your home has fans in various rooms, adjust them so that air is circulated throughout the rooms. Your home will become more comfortable before you know it.
Apply for rebates – If you’re a business or home owner, check out our residential incentives and commercial incentives pages to see if there are any government or utility energy saving programs you qualify for.
Install energy efficient windows – These windows will keep the heat out during the hotter periods of the year and can even cut your overall energy costs.
Visit our website for additional resources on how you can live comfortably and save energy at the same time. By taking these important steps, you’ll also help Virginia reach its goal of reducing electric energy consumption 10 percent below 2006 levels by 2022, which will benefit all Virginians.