How to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Saving in San Diego, CA

No one likes to receive a costly gas and electric bill. Luckily, there are a few ways you can increase your home’s energy efficiency. The staff at Tri-Star Insurance Vista has a few tips to help you save on energy costs and potentially save on your home insurance rates as well.

Switch Out Your Light Bulbs

One of the easiest ways to decrease the amount of energy you use without reducing your comfort level is to replace your existing incandescent light bulbs with CFL bulbs or LEDs. These bulbs typically use one-tenth the electricity of traditional bulbs while providing the same level of brightness. Though CFLs and LEDs initially cost more than traditional bulbs, you’ll recover the cost over time because you won’t need to replace the bulbs as often and your energy bill will be lower.

Replace Your HVAC Filter

Regularly replacing or cleaning your HVAC intake filter helps it operate more efficiently and can save you the cost of replacing a prematurely worn unit. Because heating and cooling units account for a large portion of your home’s energy consumption, everything you do to save money in this area quickly adds up.

Insulate the Home

Install more insulation and air seal the attic to prevent hot or cool air from escaping into the attic or infiltrating your home. Your heating and cooling units will use less energy while providing the same level of comfort. Taking these steps may also save you money on Vista homeowners insurance premiums because adding insulation reduces or eliminates the formation of ice dams, a major cause of roofing and siding damage during cold winters in certain areas of San Diego.

If you are replacing your siding, install rigid foam insulation under fiber cement board. The combination of the two has been shown to significantly reduce heat transfer into and out of the home through thermal bridging. Fiber cement is both fireproof and termite proof, two qualities that could significantly lower your homeowners insurance rates.

Much like everyone wants to save money on their gas and electric bills, they also want to save on their insurance. Get in touch with American Tri-Star to learn about the insurance savings you can earn today. In addition to affordable home insurance, we also offer auto, commercial, health, and bond insurance in Vista. Give us a call today at 760-758-1600 and one of our knowledgeable agents can provide a free quote.