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How to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency has been a popular topic for many years, from ways to lower our carbon footprint regarding travel, clothing, and food consumption. Still, with rising energy costs and increasing environmental concerns, it’s important for homeowners to understand there’s a variety of ways to improve their home’s energy efficiency internally and externally. Here’s a look at a few ways homeowners can further reduce their carbon footprint while also saving money on monthly bills.

Interior Updates:

Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances: Start by replacing old, inefficient appliances with newer models that have high Energy Star ratings. This includes refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters. These appliances consume less energy while offering better performance.

Improve Insulation

Improve Insulation: The attic is one of the most significant areas where air escapes the home, causing vast temperature fluctuations and the use of more energy to level the comfort inside. Proper attic insulation can regulate temperature and reduce energy usage, especially blown-in insulation. Because of its higher R-value and its ability to seal off gaps more effectively than other insulation types, blown-in insulation can result in significant energy savings.

LED Lighting: Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights throughout your home. LED bulbs consume less energy, last longer, and emit less heat, making them a cost-effective and eco-friendly lighting solution.

Home Automation

Home Automation: Smart home automation offers more than added comfort and convenience; it can be eco-friendly as well! Control your energy usage from your own phone through smart plugs and app-controlled lighting, or invest in a programmable or smart thermostat to optimize your heating and cooling systems. These devices allow you to schedule adjustments based on your daily routine, leading to energy savings without sacrificing comfort.

Exterior Updates:

Install Energy-Efficient Windows: Windows are a significant contributor to heat gain and loss inside your home. Upgrading to Energy Star-rated windows can lower home energy bills substantially and lower your carbon footprint by an average of 12%. Additionally, consider installing smart window treatments like blinds or curtains to boost energy efficiency.

Energy-Efficient Siding

Energy-Efficient Siding: Consider upgrading your home’s exterior with energy-efficient siding materials such as insulated vinyl, fiber cement, or engineered wood. These materials provide better insulation and durability, enhancing both energy efficiency and curb appeal.

Exterior Doors: Old and drafty doors can let out a lot of air, leaving your HVAC system in overdrive trying to regulate the temperatures inside your home. Updating your front and porch doors with Energy Star-rated doors will adequately insulate and seal your home, reducing energy waste and improving security. 


Landscaping: Strategically plant trees and shrubs around your home to provide natural shade during hot summer months. This reduces the need for excessive air conditioning and helps cool your home more efficiently.

By making changes to your home’s interior and exterior, you can transform your home into a more energy-efficient and sustainable living space for you and your family. Not only will you enjoy lower utility bills and increased comfort, but you’ll also contribute to a healthier environment for future generations. Start your journey towards a greener home today by scheduling a consultation with the experts at Brothers.