An increasingly popular trend among American homeowners, energy efficiency is gaining ground as both an eco-friendly and budget-friendly lifestyle. More than ever, prospective buyers are looking for insulated houses that keep the building's heated and cooled air inside the premises, to prevent a waste of both energy and money. But while insulation may be the most obvious solution to maintaining energy efficiency at home, there are several, more subtle, factors to consider.
According to its report, "Miscellaneous Energy Loads in Buildings," the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEE) has identified a number of common household appliances that, unbeknownst to most people, actually consume significant amounts of electricity. Among the fixtures mentioned are:
- Computers: The average American owns several computing devices – be it a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone – all of which need to be plugged in for charging on a daily basis. This consumes a substantial amount of energy.
- Light bulbs: Incandescent light bulbs contribute significantly to utility expenses. Replacing them with more efficient LED bulbs will bring down your bills in the long run.
- Televisions: The ACEE study finds more than half of all homes in the U.S. contain at least three TVs. And while on an individual basis newer LCD and LED models are more energy efficient, the greater numbers in which they're owned offset these gains.
One major way you can help to improve household energy efficiency is by tinting your windows. R and J Tinting has a variety of energy saving window film options that can serve to absorb sunlight. By reducing the amount of sun hitting your home, you can better regulate indoor temperatures, making it cheaper to keep your house cool in the hotter weather. For more information, Virginia homeowners are encouraged to contact R and J Tinting today.