We all know that having an energy-efficient home is good for your bottom line. (And for the environment!) Study after study has shown that better insulation, more energy-efficient light bulbs, and energy-stretching appliances save you money. But according to Code Watcher magazine, these measures—and others—have also been shown to make you healthier. Let’s explore some of the more noteworthy steps you can take to make your home an energy-saving sanctuary.
Breathe easier with an energy-efficient house
When we say breathe easier, we mean literally. The Code Watcher story writes that “40 percent of diagnosed asthma is associated with home exposures (e.g., moisture, temperature variations, pests), some of which can be improved through energy-efficiency activities.” Conveniently, you can combat these health risks while you reduce wasteful energy use with energy-efficient insulation and ventilation tactics. Studies show that almost 90 percent of our lives are spent indoors, where pollutants are much less diluted than the outdoors. But if these energy-efficiency tips tell us anything, it’s that you don’t have to choose between a healthier life and a lower energy bill!
Fight cancer, heart disease, and even depression
Who would have thought that creating a more energy-efficient home could curb your risk of serious health consequences like heart disease and cancer? Well, according to a 2016 report published by E4TheFuture—and cited by our friends at Code Watcher—it’s true!
E4TheFuture on . . .
- Energy efficiency and cardiovascular health: “Improvements in indoor
temperatures and reduction of particulates from outdoor air (by filtration of outdoor air in heating systems and/or air sealing) can help to reduce conditions that can exacerbate hypertension.”
- Energy efficiency and cancer: “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 21,000 lung cancer cases per year are associated with radon exposure. Radon exposure can be minimized through ventilation and air sealing.”
- Energy efficiency and mental health: “Mental health can be impacted by both physical environmental conditions and financial hardships due to fuel bills.”
So, what are you waiting for? Make your home more energy efficient today and start reaping the benefits. All the benefits.