This Spring, spring into action and use these tips to make your home more energy efficient.

1. Add More Insulation

If you’re really struggling to keep the heat in your home during those cold winter nights, your home may have insufficient insulation. A licensed home inspector with a thermal imaging camera can walk you through your house and find where you’re losing most of your heat - and help you determine if it’s time to add some more insulation. Look at the type of insulation material and carefully consider your strategy for adding insulation, where to install and what type.

2. Replace Caulking and Weatherstripping

This is an easy project you can do on your own - if you’re noticing cold spots around your doors and windows in the wintertime, replace any worn or weathered caulking and weatherstripping. It’s a quick job that can help keep the heat where it belongs. Look for damaged calking that needs to be replaced. Be sure to check the manufacturing label; not all calking should be used outdoors. Start by removing the old material along with any adhesive, then give the area a light sanding and install the new weatherstripping.

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3. Install Programmable Thermostats

Smart homes are all the rage right now - and for good reason. With a programmable thermostat, you can control the temperature in your home right from your phone. You can easily turn the temperature down when you’re not there, and bring it back up when you get home. Learn more about programming your thermostat here.

4. Set a Timer

If you’re not quite ready to make the change to a fully smart home, consider putting manual timers on your lights and appliances. This way, you can have them automatically power down when they aren’t likely to be in use. Do these appliances really need power during the day when you’re at work or late at night while you’re asleep? Probably not.

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5. Switch to LED Light Bulbs

If you haven’t made the switch yet - stop holding on to your old incandescent bulbs. There’s been tons of advancement in LED lighting, so you don’t have to worry about having a light that’s too harsh anymore. LED bulbs only use about 10% of the electricity that incandescent bulbs use. Making the switch is, quite honestly, a bright idea. Click here to learn how to choose the right ENERGY STAR® light bulb.

6. Check and Change Your Air Filters

Think of your HVAC system like the lungs of your home. You want to make sure they’re running smoothly and efficiently. What’s the best way to do that? Make sure your filters are in good shape. Generally, you can get away with only changing your filters every three month. But during months when your system is in overdrive (like during the winter), I check and replace mine monthly. This will keep your system running well, and ensure the air quality in your home is good.

7. Install a Heat Recovery Ventilator

Speaking of air quality - how often do you think of the quality of the air you breathe in your home? Often times the air in our homes can actually be worse than the air we breathe outdoors. Especially now, as we’re building our houses to be better sealed and more airtight, it means that we could be at risk for breathing that same recycled poor quality air. How do we fix that? A Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) is designed to supply and distribute fresh air from the outdoors and expel excess warm air from inside the home. Not only will this help mitigate issues like condensation and wet windows, it also keeps your indoor air fresh.

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