Energy efficiency remains important for homeowners

Energy efficiency is a vital component for homeowners but can be hard to achieve at times due to incorrect information or a lack of general understanding.

Innovative technologies and changes have begun to emerge over the past few years, surpassing just switching to energy efficient light bulbs and shutting windows tighter.

The switch to LED bulbs remains important though, as their use creates a 70 to 80 percent more efficient experience, as well as increases the overall operating life of the bulb.

According to Utility Drive, building codes are becoming stricter, as appliance efficiency standards are too, creating consumers that are more aware of their use, as well as curious about how they can save more. 

Recent research from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) found that efficiency savings are still capable of hitting as high as 30 percent by 2030. This 30 percent though, is most likely to be achieved through a number of household changes.

"There are still large savings out there, but the only way to get them is to go after a diverse mix of technologies and resources," said Dan York, lead author of ACEEE's report.

In terms of big name efficiency players and utilities, some changes that could be considered include voltage reductions, new construction programs and comprehensive commercial retrofits. 

If you are interested in enhancing the efficiency of your home, begin with small changes. Make sure all your light bulbs are up to date in terms of efficiency screenings. Take some time to search your home and unplug any materials not in use or that are no longer needed.

Simply starting with shutting off lights when leaving a room is a great start.

Schedule an energy audit with Alban Inspections to learn more, or visit our website