Two Out-of-Sight (Mostly), Out-of-Mind Ways to Reduce Energy Use

It’s commonly said that green living is a way of life or a major commitment—and therein lies the trouble. Honestly, we all seem to have a few too many commitments in life, and even the promise of smaller utility bills often isn’t enough to inspire earth-friendly action. Thankfully, there are a couple of additions you can make at home that can make a huge difference, with little effort required.

Set up a solar power system for savings

Some time ago, solar power was hailed as the technology that would finally free us from fossil fuels and usher in complete energy independence. The reality, of course, has been something different, but advances in solar technology have brought costs down and efficiencies up to the point where residential solar power systems are worth a second glance.

The catch? You have to buy into solar for the long-term savings. Contrary to some reports, solar power installation costs have dropped over the past decade, but it can still cost several thousand dollars to outfit the typical home, and that’s with tax and energy rebates. Ultimately, you recoup that investment through years of reduced electricity costs.

And installing a solar power system definitely is an investment, according to some sources. One recent study found solar panels can increase home values, which gives eco-minded homeowners another reason to consider the technology.

Blanket your attic and walls with blown-in insulation

We’ve talked before about how adding insulation can save homeowners money throughout the year, but considering the recent triple-digit temperatures, it bears mentioning again. Moreover, there are new techniques that can cover almost every inch of your home in insulation.

Blown-in insulation, for example, is something McMillin Homes offers that provides seamless coverage in walls and ceilings, covering the nooks and crannies that are left out with roll or batt insulation. With better coverage and less air insulation, it provides year-round conservation benefits. Better yet, it’s not something you have to maintain or constantly replenish—you just sit back and enjoy the savings.

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