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5 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

EEnergy efficient measures help the environment and save cash.nergy efficiency is an important concern for homeowners who need to limit their outbound cash flow. Approximately half of your home's energy use can be attributed to home comfort control, which is the reason you can expect bills to drop during milder seasons and rise dramatically during the summer and winter. While managing your comfort control equipment is an important part of keeping your home's energy performance optimized, there are some additional steps that you can take to lower your usage. The following five options may help to keep your utility bills in check.

1. Home Sealing

According to ENERGY STAR, the combination of sealing leaks in your home and supplementing your insulation can improve your home's energy performance by up to 10 percent. You can check for air sealing needs by inspecting your windows and doors to verify the presence of caulk or weather stripping. Old material may become brittle, making it important to re-seal in any areas demonstrating deterioration. To verify whether your insulating materials are sufficient, inspect your attic to see if the floor joists are visible. If they are, you can supplement the material.

2. Update Your Roofing

An energy-efficient roof can reduce your energy usage for home comfort operation by up to 15 percent. This can make an important dent in the utility bills while ensuring optimum comfort levels through hot and cold weather. Select light-colors that are reflective to direct radiant heat away from your home. Additionally, make sure that your roofing is maintained and that attic ventilation is appropriate. The life of your roofing system can be affected by overheating through inadequate ventilation, and your household comfort levels can be negatively impacted, as well.

3. Energy-Efficient Appliances

Replace old appliances and systems with ENERGY STAR selections to reduce the consumption in your home. Consider everything from water heaters to computers as you explore replacements that can trim your utility costs. Additionally, think about renewable resources, investigating solutions like solar water heaters to enhance your home's efficiency levels. While some tax credits for energy-efficient appliances have expired, the 30 percent federal tax credit for solar-electric systems like solar water heaters continue to be available, set to expire at the end of 2016. Take advantage of the opportunity to lower the costs involved in optimizing your home's efficiency levels.

4. Window Updates and Protection

The right windows can make a huge difference in your home's heating and cooling load. An energy-efficient window can account for up to 25 percent of your home comfort energy usage during the summer. In contrast, an unglazed window can represent 40 percent of your HVAC operating costs. Installation of energy-efficient windows could trim a significant amount from your heating and cooling expenses. Additional use of window coverings, blinds, solar window shades, films or shutters can make your home even more efficient. Don't forget to plan your landscaping to provide shade to areas that are subject to direct sunlight for additional home efficiency.

5. Convert to a Ductless Heat Pump

A central heating and cooling system loses between 20 and 40 percent of its energy through the duct walls. Eliminating the ducts from your home comfort solution can make a major improvement in your home's energy performance. Additionally, a ductless heat pump coordinates with several indoor units, allowing you to control each space independently of others. You can achieve more precise comfort levels as you adjust settings in a given area to provide just the right amount of temperature control. You can limit the settings of units in areas that are vacant for long periods. You can also use hotter or colder settings to address individual preferences without making others in the home uncomfortable. The reduction in energy waste is significant.

Work with Knowledgeable HVAC Professionals

A Mitsubishi Electric contractor can help you to evaluate the benefits of updating to ductless heating and cooling in your home. As you consider the potential savings, your contractor will help you to find the best locations for indoor and outdoor components to ensure optimum system performance and seamless integration with your home decor. Contact us to locate a certified professional near you.

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