From lightbulbs to insulation, small changes can make a big difference

We recently sat down with one of our favorite energy efficiency aficionados in Kansas City, Jeremy Knoll, for a chat about how to make our homes more sustainable and green. 

Here’s some of his easy tips for making your home more energy efficient. 

Make a switch to LED bulbs

LED lightbulbs last up to 10 times longer than CFLs, and 25 times longer than typical incandescent bulbs. LED lightbulbs are 75% more efficient.

Plus, most are rated to last 50,000 hours or more than 11 years. 

Making that change to an Energy Star certified light bulb prevents up to 785 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime.

Seal up your chimney and insulate your basement 

Jeremy says one of the easiest fixes he made to his home was sealing up his fireplace with a chimney balloon. Before then he was essentially heating and cooling the outdoors.

Get a home energy audit 

Jeremy has had three energy audits done on his home, and although we teased him a bit for that number, an energy audit is a great way to identify spots where your home is less than efficient. Jeremy used audits as a way to check up to make sure changes he were making were making a difference…and they were!

We also challenged Jeremy to an “Energy Efficiency Solarhood Showdown” in our episode with him to put his knowledge to the test. See how he fared.