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These days, we’re all about preserving our environment. After all, with so many easy ways to recycle and utilize sustainable materials, it just makes sense to do our part to help Planet Earth. From electric cars to smart home devices, there are many ways to add efficiency to our lives. And when it comes to the home, there are plenty of ways to make it work perfectly while being energy efficient, so that you can continue to help our planet thrive for years to come. In addition to the impact that these practices have on our environment, choosing to add energy efficient options into the home also saves you money each month on your energy bills, as well as makes your home run smoother and better. If you’re looking for ways for your home to work smarter, not harder, take a look at the best energy efficient enhancements you can make to your home.

Energy-Saving Appliances

Let’s face it…there are a lot of appliances in the home, and what do all of these appliances do? Use a lot of energy. Well, they don’t have to, and by incorporating more energy efficient versions into any room in the home, you’ll be able to decrease energy output, as well as your energy bills. Consider swapping out the following for more energy-saving options:

  • Oven

  • Refrigerator

  • Washer & dryer

  • Microwave

  • Dishwasher

  • HVAC system

You’ll benefit from replacing these high energy users with more eco-friendly options. Not only do they work just as well, if not better, than their high energy counterparts, they also help you make your home operate more efficiently. According to Save On Energy, “Energy Star appliances will save you 10% to 50% of the energy required, depending on the comparison model – and much more if you are replacing an old appliance.”

Energy Efficient Windows & Doors

You may not realize how much air can seep in through cracks and crevices around your doors and windows. Not only does this lead to your home heating up more rapidly in the summer, it also results in your air conditioning working overtime in order to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Choosing to outfit your home with energy efficient windows and doors helps you keep cool air in and hot air out, which is especially helpful during our steamy Southwest Florida summers. They have a better seal and are made of better materials, making them perfect for new builds or if you’re renovating your existing home.

Programmable Thermostats

There’s no doubt about it…your HVAC system is constantly working to help you stay cool in the summer, which means that energy bills have the potential to skyrocket during this time of the year. Use energy more efficiently by adding a programmable thermostat to your home. Set the temperature for the various times of the day and let your thermostat handle it. Turn the air conditioning down a little while you’re gone and program your thermostat to automatically raise it when you come home for the day. This way, your HVAC system isn’t overworking when no one is home.

Other Energy Efficient Options

Remember, choosing to add even a couple of these energy efficient enhancements to your home goes a long way when it comes to saving energy. You may also want to consider the following for even more energy savings:

  • LED lighting

  • Low-flow faucets

  • Extra insulation in the attic

Don’t forget to partner with a home builder who listens to your needs and helps you find the ideal eco-friendly options for your home.

Gulfstream Homes can help you build the perfect home! Call (239) 254-1664 or visit to get started.

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