Going Green in Connecticut

5 Ways to Improve Your Energy Efficiency
Going green is a multifaceted approach to reduce energy use and increase energy preservation within your home. It’s a lifestyle that benefits the environment but also your wallet, your home, and your home’s value. Saving energy and retaining energy are two necessary steppingstones on your green home journey. Homes that consume less energy and consume more Eco-friendly fuels can stand out on the MLS compared to their competition. So, let’s start saving…

  1. Switch From Electric. On average, Connecticut has the second most expensive electric bill in the United States1 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This statistic comes before the Eversource price hike during the summer of 2020, which only further cemented Connecticut’s high electric costs. Electricity can power everything in your home from its primary heat source down to your toothbrush so the less electricity (kilowatts) your home consumes, the less it costs to keep comfortable. The two primary options for replacing grid-power such as Eversource are…
    • Solar – While switching from grid-electricity to solar electricity may not directly equal kilowatts saved, it does reduce your home’s reliance on mass produced electricity from fossil fuels. There is still plenty of debate about the best way to install solar for your home, but the debate about saving money has all but evaporated. Solar is saving money for 46,000+ Connecticut residents every year. Learn how much you can save by adding solar to your home: https://www.energysage.com/solar/calculator/
    • Gas – Natural gas is the most affordable and efficient form of fuel for home heating. It has been estimated that the price of natural gas will remain stable and continue to be the most afford heating fuel choice through year 20292! Natural gas appliances function at an amazing 95%-98% efficiency3 which means less fuel used and less wear on your appliances. Not only is natural gas today’s preferred heat source, but it can also be used to heat your hot water and your stove.

     

  2. Upgrade To LED Light Bulbs. LED light bulbs are truly the answer to lighting your home the most Eco-friendly way possible. The average lifespan of an LED bulb is 25,000 hours compared to 8,000 hours for a fluorescent bulb and only 1,200 hours for a classic incandescent bulb. A single LED bulb will remain lit over the lifespan of 3 fluorescent light bulbs. This means you buy fewer light bulbs during your time as a homeowner. And it keeps getting better! Compared to fluorescent bulbs, LEDs also use half the electricity to output the same wattage (brightness). Switching to a modern LED light bulb from a fluorescent light bulb means you buy one-third the number of bulbs while paying for half the electricity. It’s a fantastic upgrade for all homeowners and a plus when interested buyers are comparing similar homes.
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  4. Check Your Windows. Your windows are responsible for 25%-30% of your home’s heating and cooling energy use4! Initially, that may sound like a hefty amount, but given the fact glass is a terrible insulator, it does make sense. So, what makes some windows more energy efficient than others? Modern windows have evolved from single pane windows (like on your car) to double pane and even triple pane windows. A multi-pane window design holds pockets of gas between each pane which slows down and reduces heat and cold transfer between the indoors and outdoors. Triple pane windows are considered 20% more energy efficient than double pane windows, which are 50% more energy efficient compared to a single pane window! Increased energy efficiency means you use preserve the heat or cool air inside your home. Low energy costs are always attractive to home buyers, but good, high quality windows can greatly increase curb appeal for ambitious home buyers seeking a move-in ready Connecticut residence.
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  6. Insulate The Attic. Your home’s attic could be the most forgotten space of all. It’s dusty, cramped, and worst of all, it’s hot. We realize it’s elementary to mention that heat rises, but this brings about an important question, “where did that heat come from?”. During a cold, Connecticut winter, heat will rise all the way through your home until escaping into your attic. Rising heat equates to rising energy consumption and a lack of energy preservation. The best protection against heat escaping to your attic is insulation. Insulating your attic creates a dense barrier where heat can no longer travel through air holes along your ceiling. Plus, insulation breaks down over time so you could be losing more heat to your attic than you realize. Before putting your home on the market, contact the State of Connection and request a home energy assessment: https://www.energizect.com/events-resources/energy-basics/insulation
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  8. Upgrade Your Water Heater. If you think about it, a water heater is a big, warm pot of water waiting to be summoned. Advances in technology are making storage water heaters increasingly efficient at retaining heat, but running 24/7 is energy demanding on both electric and gas water heaters. Older hot water heaters can lose more than 50% of their used energy before water exits your faucet. The newest solution to reduce energy usage is a tankless water heater. By eliminating the tank storage, you can reduce hot water fuel usage by 30% or more! Now don’t get cold feet thinking you’ll need to wait for hot water. Tankless water heaters are powerful and generate their efficiency by heating only the water you need, when you need it. There’s no waiting around – not by you, and not by a big ol’ tank of warm water. Tankless hot water heaters appeal to home buyers for their energy efficiency, but also because they won’t leak and are perceived as newer, more advanced appliances that won’t need immediate replacing.

 

 

 

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