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Energy-Saving Home Upgrades that Pay for Themselves

Updated on June 21, 2020

Let's face it: powering your home these days is not cheap! Even with smaller homes, it seems like energy costs are constantly on the rise.

It's no surprise that more and more homeowners are looking for ways to save. The concept of energy-efficient upgrades is nothing new. However, the demand for these upgrades is higher than ever.

By making a few changes to your home, you can experience cost savings on your monthly energy bills without sacrificing comfort or convenience. Here are energy efficient home ideas that will pay for themselves in no time.

  • LED Lighting

We all know that light-emitting diode (LED) lighting uses up much less energy than old-school incandescent bulbs. An Energy Star-rated LED bulb uses about 75 percent less electricity while lasting up to 25 percent longer! Imagine how much you could save if you swapped out all the bulbs in your home with LED models.

It's not just your standard lights that you can upgrade. LED technology has come a long way in the last decade. Today, unique LED accent lights can be used throughout your home. From adjustable under-cabinet lighting to portable night lights, LED technology can be used to provide a ton of light without using much electricity at all.

  • Smart Home Thermostat

Heating and cooling your home is where most of your energy costs go. One of the best energy-efficient home ideas is switching to a smart thermostat. These devices can help you start using those heating and cooling systems a bit more strategically.

It's estimated that smart thermostats can help you cut back on your annual energy costs by up to $150! These smart gadgets come with a bevy of features. Most can be controlled by your smartphone. Some even connect to larger smart home networks so that you can control the temperature with the sound of your voice.

Either way, a smart thermostat helps you be more aware of how you're using your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) system. It can teach you how to use the HVAC system when you need it and cut back on costs when you don’t.

  • Solar-Powered Landscape Lighting

Why not take advantage of the sun's energy to keep your home safe at night? Solar-powered outdoor lighting makes it easy to get that picturesque nighttime environment without all of the added costs; built-in solar power rechargeable batteries can provide you with up to 12 hours of light at night.

Most are even programmed to turn on automatically once the sun sets, making it that much easier to manage. Invest in some string lights to liven up a patio, walkway lights to improve visibility, and security lights for safety. You have plenty of ways to take advantage of solar technology.

  • Zero Energy Power Switches

Did you know that some appliances and outlets leech energy even when they're not actively used? Called vampire power, this wasted energy can amount to 20 percent of your monthly bill! Phone chargers, coffee pots, computer cords, and more are the biggest offenders.

With a zero-energy power switch, you can put a stop to vampire power once and for all. These switches are one of the most useful energy-efficient home upgrades you can invest in.

Simply install a switch on your outlet and plug in your devices. When you're not using those energy-wasters, just flip the switch! It'll prevent vampire power and lower your energy costs significantly.

  • Prepaid Electricity

One of the best ways that you can grow more conscious of your energy usage is through a prepaid electricity plan.

Rather than waiting until the end of the month to pay your bill, you can pay for your planned energy usage upfront. Doing so allows you to take advantage of lower rates while also providing the flexibility you need.

Only pay for the power you plan to use. With daily monitoring, you'll always know how much electricity you're using.

Energy-efficient home upgrades can make a world of difference and help you save a good chunk of change on your monthly bills. These upgrades are easy to make and won't change your lifestyle. So what are you waiting for? Give these tips a shot and see what kind of difference they will make on your energy usage!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Miller Lopez

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