How to Make Your Home More Efficient and Add Massive Value to It
Making your home energy-efficient can save you up to 50% on annual utility bills, increase the comfort level, and also make it more valuable in a seller’s market. Today, we are discussing the top 3 energy proofing tips that can save you big money, or get you big money. Besides, improving your home’s energy efficiency can have a positive impact on pollution and reduce global warming.
1. Invest in a Smart Thermostat
The optimal temperature in your living space is about 16 to 19 degrees. When you are away from home, you don’t have to warm up the whole space. Drop the temperature to 10 to 15 degrees and you’ll instantly save up to 15% per year.
On the other hand, we live in a hectic world, and thinking about changing the temperature on your thermostat all the time is rather annoying. If you want to make your home energy efficient but also make it more attractive for potential buyers, invest in a smart thermostat. This unit comes with advanced features such as remote sensors and geofencing that make life much easier and save you money in the long run.
2. Install a Tankless Water Heater
Traditional storage water heaters produce hot water even when you don’t need it, which can skyrocket your energy costs. Completely opposite, tankless water heaters provide hot water only when you need it.
As suggested by their name, they come without a storage tank. That means you don’t have to wait for the tank to fill up with hot water but can have it running whenever you turn on the tap.
The element that performs all the magic is a gas burner. It heats the water as it travels through a pipe and supplies hot water on demand only, which is why a tankless water heater is around 34% more efficient than a storage water heater.
Electric tankless water heaters can heat 2-5 gallons/min while gas units are more efficient and heat up 8/11 gallons/min on average. However, if you want to go for the most energy-efficient option, opt for an electric unit.
3. Replace that Old, Clunky Boiler
No matter how well you maintain your boiler, it inevitably loses some of its power and efficiency day after day. Non-condensing boilers are so out moded. To make your home more energy efficient, you could switch to a condensing boiler. This type of boiler can save you up to 60% of annual energy costs. A-rated boilers boast the highest efficiency (90%) while you can opt for a G-rated boiler (65% energy efficient) as well if you want to make a change without investing a fortune.
Nowadays, home buyers are searching for more than impressive views and large backyards when buying a house. They are actually more interested in features that can make their living more economical (which is something an older, inefficient, leaking boiler can’t provide). If you are interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency and comfort (for whatever reason), let us help. Contact us today and someone from our friendly team will handle your request or get a free boiler quote in a jiffy.