It’s advantageous for both the environment and your home to increase energy efficiency. Investing in large-scale projects like solar panels and electric vehicles may come to mind when considering ways to be more energy-efficient. However, did you know that improving energy efficiency can be as easy as changing lightbulbs and windows? Murphy Construction provides a range of services, including new windows, roofing, and paint, to make your home more energy-efficient. Learn how to save money on your energy bills and contribute to the environmental sustainability of your home by reading on.
How to Improve the Energy Efficiency of an Old House from the Exterior
Consider replacing your home’s doors, windows, roof, paint, or other exterior features if you want to convert your ancient house to more energy-efficient characteristics.
Older houses can have extremely drafty windows that let outside air seep in and out. Maintaining the temperature inside your home will be easier if you apply weatherstripping or caulk the frame with silicone.
You should think about replacing your single-pane windows with energy-efficient ones if you currently have single-pane windows. The energy efficiency of a house can be significantly increased by double-pane energy star-rated windows. Energy-efficient windows help your home stay at a constant temperature, which reduces the need for air conditioning and heating and lowers your energy costs.
Materials for Roofing that Save Energy
Choose metal roofing or “cool roofs” when it comes time to replace your old roof. These energy-efficient roofs will reflect heat away from your home, keeping the interior cozy and cool.
Even though they are pricey, metal roofs are very energy-efficient and may reflect up to 90% of the heat that is directed at them. Asphalt shingles with reflective granules are an alternative that is more affordable. Asphalt shingles reflect the sun’s rays and keep the roof cool, similar to metal roofing, which minimizes the need for frequent air conditioning operations.
Saving Energy with Exterior Paint
You wouldn’t believe it, but painting your home is another energy-efficient improvement that can lower your electricity bill. Specialized paint can effectively lower surface temperatures by up to 40 degrees by reflecting the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them. The correct paint will be fade-resistant and maintain your home’s outside beauty in addition to keeping it cooler. Good paint will not only keep your house cool but will also prevent it from peeling, cracking, or fading. It will also look fantastic while saving you money on energy costs.
Interior Home Improvements That Can Increase Energy Efficiency
You can make interior home improvements that are more energy-efficient as well. It’s easy to choose energy-efficient home features, such as changing lightbulbs or installing insulation.
LEDs Lights to Replace Incandescent Lights
Compared to incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs are more energy-efficient and have a longer lifespan. Up to 40 light bulbs may be present in a home, thus switching to LEDs can lower your electricity costs.
Insulate Your Attic
Similar to your windows, your attic is susceptible to draughts. Your power cost will go down and leaks will be efficiently stopped by adding insulation to your attic.
Invest in Energy Star Appliances
Products with the Energy Star label are excellent additions for energy-efficient homes. Products from Energy Star include air conditioners, stoves, washers, dryers, and refrigerators. These items adhere to EPA energy regulations while using 10–50% less energy than the typical appliance. If you’re about to replace an appliance in your house, get one that has received the energy-star rating.
Boost the Energy Efficiency of Your Home!
We are pleased to walk you through your options when it comes to energy-efficient modifications because Murphy Construction cares about both your house and the environment. We offer a wide range of services, including painting, roofing, windows, and more, all of which can be made energy efficient. To become green and transform your home, call us right away.