As a homeowner, you want to be sure that you are able to keep your home as energy efficient as possible. After all, those energy bills can add up quickly and cause you a major headache as well as a deficit in your household budget. What you may not know is how you can go about making your home more energy efficient. Get to know some of the steps that you can take to make your home more efficient so that you can lighten the burden on your wallet and make your home more comfortable and enjoyable to live in at the same time.

Install High Efficiency Heating and Cooling Systems

One of the best ways to increase the energy efficiency in your home is to replace your old furnace and air conditioner with high efficiency ones. These high-efficiency units were designed with the recent sustainability movement in mind, meaning they are designed to help you better maintain your home's temperatures at comfortable levels while using fewer resources like electricity, gas or other fuels (for your furnace) and even less water.

These systems will make an immediate impact on your energy bills once they are installed and as a bonus will provide more consistent heating and cooling. High-efficiency furnaces are generally gas furnaces. However, there are other options available including radiant floor heating if you have hard flooring surfaces. Radiant heating involves electric coils or water piping underneath the floor surface that generate heat. This heat comes up through your flooring and makes the whole house warmer.

Whichever type of heating and cooling system you want, you can find one that is energy efficient. Look for the Energy Star rated systems which have been certified by a government agency to meet minimum energy efficiency standards. For help with picking out a high efficiency furnace, talk to a company like Home Comfort Systems.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

While you are at it, another excellent way to make your home more energy efficient is to install a programmable thermostat. You can do this with or without updating your heating and cooling systems. Programmable thermostats make it easier for you to control the temperature in your home.

Once installed, you can create a pre-set schedule for your thermostat that will operate for you everyday. This means, for example, in the morning at the time you usually leave for work, you can have your thermostat change the temperature (cooler in the winter, warmer in the summer). By so doing, you will save on heating and cooling that is unnecessary when someone is not home. Similarly, your thermostat can automatically turn back to the desired temperature 15-30 minutes before you come home normally so it is comfortable to you.

Now that you know a few of the ways that you can make your home more energy efficient, you can get started in the process of updating your energy efficiency as soon as possible.