Energy efficient homes, or “going green” has been a fast growing trend in Los Angeles. Whether you are selling a home or a just looking to update your existing home for increase energy savings, or for more eco-friendly purposes, updating your home’s energy efficiency is a win-win.
Energy efficiency is not just for older homes. Even if your home is relatively new, you could be saving valuable energy and money with some simple steps.
Improving your home’s efficiency with features such as insulation, water heaters, high efficiency heating and cooling equipment and even pool pumps, will help you:
- Save money on energy bills and may qualify for certain rebates.
- Increase the comfort level in your home with better air distribution and less noise.
- Create a healthier living environment as it prevents pollutants.
- Contribute to a cleaner environment by using less energy and increased efficiency of energy production.
The premier way to prove that your Los Angeles home is energy efficient is through LEED Certification. The U.S. Green Building Council offers a certification program that will show that your home is an efficient one. While that can be a costly course of action to take to ensure your home is indeed an energy efficient one, you may find it worthwhile.
In the meantime, here are nine key features found in most energy efficient homes:
- Home insulation. Want a quieter, more comfortable home? Home insulation will help you get just that. It will also reduce your heating and cooling energy costs.
- Window replacement. Double pane, low emissivity (low-e) windows can also reduce outside noise, drafts and heating and cooling costs.
- Solar thermal. These systems harness the power of the sun to both heat water and the home.
- Air sealing. Reduces drafts, saves energy costs, and keeps must, mold and allergens out.
- Solar electric panels. Converting sunlight into electricity reduces the collective dependence on fossil fuel. Solar can immediately lower your energy costs and protect from rising electricity rates.
- Energy efficient lighting. Replacing incandescent bulbs with more energy efficient CFLs and LED lighting can reduce energy use in homes by 50-75%.
- Duct sealing. If your furnace turns on and off, or if you have some rooms that are too hot or too cold -- these are tell tale signs that your ducts may be leaking. (The average home duct system leaks 30% or more.) Properly sealing the ducts increases energy use by efficiently directing the air inside your home.
- Energy Star appliances. New Energy Star model appliances (washer, dryer and refrigerator) can reduce the amount of energy use by half, compared to models that are over 10 years old.
- Efficiency water heaters. Reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting a high efficiency or a tankless water heater.
Besides the obvious financial savings, maintaining an energy efficient home will give you peace of mind, knowing that you are doing your part to ensure a healthy environment for future generations to come.