Below are some tips on how to make your Bay Area home more energy efficient.

Install Energy Star certified appliances

If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, a good place to start is with your appliances.

Energy Star is a program run by the U.S. Department of Energy that certifies energy-efficient products, including refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and more. Many energy companies offer rebates when you purchase and install energy-efficient appliances, so be sure to check with your local utility company to see if you qualify.

Use LED lighting and motion sensors to reduce energy usage

For many homeowners, reducing their energy usage often means turning off lights or making other sacrifices that reduce their comfort level. But with the advent of LED lighting and motion sensors, you may be able to reduce your energy usage without compromising your comfort.

LED bulbs produce less heat, which means they may help you save on cooling costs during hot summer months.

In addition to using LED lighting, integrating motion sensors into your home lighting system may also significantly reduce your energy usage. Motion sensors detect when a room is empty and automatically turns off lights after a set period of time, which helps reduce unnecessary energy consumption.

Many new homes come equipped with LED lighting and motion sensors, but if your home doesn’t already have these features, they can be added.

While the initial cost of installing LED lighting and motion sensors may be higher than traditional options, the long-term savings may make them well worth the investment.

Insulate your home by sealing gaps and adding insulation to walls, attics and floors

One of the most common places where heat or cool air can escape is through gaps in your windows and doors. Sealing these gaps with caulk or weatherstripping can go a long way in reducing energy loss and keeping your home comfortable in any season.

While some insulation types require professional installation, others can be added yourself as a DIY project. By properly insulating your home, you not only reduce energy loss and lower your energy bills, but you also contribute positively to the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. Insulation also helps to reduce noise pollution from outside your home, giving you a more peaceful and comfortable living environment.

Conduct regular maintenance on your HVAC system to ensure maximum efficiency

To ensure that your HVAC system performs well, it’s essential to conduct regular maintenance and inspections to ensure maximum efficiency.

Regular inspections and maintenance may help keep your HVAC system operating effectively and efficiently, which could help you save energy and money on your energy bills.

By cleaning or replacing air filters every three months, you can help to maintain proper airflow and try to avoid costly repairs in the long run.

We hope these tips were helpful. If you are interested in selling your home and purchasing another one, we can help you with your home loan. Contact us today with any questions!