There are many factors that can impact the energy efficiency of your new home; upgrading to ENERGY STAR appliances like a refrigerator, washer dryer or dishwasher. This is a great place to start, but it can be costly purchasing all new appliances. We wanted to highlight the top 2 things that you can do to your new home to start saving energy, and get the best bang for your buck!
Energy.gov states that the average American household wastes energy due to drafts, air leaks and inefficient heating or cooling systems. Most of this energy is lost through windows. If your windows are new, you may have less to worry about, but older homes may come with older windows. Replacing these older windows with new, energy-efficient models helps maintain a comfortable environment in your home, reduces your energy bill and improves your home’s value.
How do windows affect your energy bill?
In older windows, outside air can infiltrate through cracks and may cause your heating and cooling systems to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature. This in turn can drive up your energy usage, and have a substantial effect on your energy bill.Properly insulating walls helps, but Energy.gov estimates that up to 20 percent of unwanted external air enters homes through windows. Installing storm windows and ENERGY STAR®️ windows can reduce heat lost to air leaks by 25 to 50 percent.
SMART HOME SOLUTIONS
With a smart home, you can control the temperature in your home and even manage your lighting. The best thing about a smart home solution, professionally installed by American Defense Systems, is that you have control over your entire home from anywhere. The Alarm.com mobile application allows you to see if the smart lights are on, can tell you what the temperature is, and even if you left your garage door open.
On top of providing a home security to your new home, these automation solutions can help drive your energy costs down. From video surveillance, to video doorbells, a smart home starts with the panel, and they install the best. Click here to visit them online at www.americandefensesystems.com, or click here to learn more about the amazing Qolsys IQ Panel 2. The Alarm.com thermostat is also an ENERGY STAR rated device, and can start saving you money the day it's installed!
To relocate your energy provider, as well as your home services like cable, satellite, internet and home security in a single call, be sure to call Direct Home Connect.800-610-2139