Who isn’t tired of the sticker shock of opening up your energy bill each month? As much as you plan and try to be smart, certain aspects of your home can skyrocket your energy usage, regardless of how conscientious you are. If you were able to generate savings, consider investing your money in a way that will not only improve your home’s value, but also reduce the amount of energy you use and therefore reduce your monthly bills.
Sealant for Cracks
The first place you should start when looking to improve your home’s energy efficiency is its air tightness. A leaky home will constantly be letting hot air out in the winter, and cool air in the summer. This means that even the most efficient HVAC systems and most cautious homeowners will be struggling to keep their homes affordably comfortable.
Make your home air tight by addressing any obvious cracks or holes in the exterior of your home and weatherstripping and caulking around windows and other entryways into your home.
Heat rises and if your attic has little or no insulation, so will your energy bill. While whole home insulation is vital to sealing in whatever comfortable temperature your thermostat is set to, your attic insulation is especially vital to improving your home’s energy efficiency.
More Reliable Windows
As the seasons change over the years, windows can gradually separate from their original casing. This creates major leaks in your home and your bank account. Replacing older windows can ensure that these holes in your home are secure and that little energy is being transferred through or around your home’s windows.
Your HVAC system can account for over half of your home’s entire energy consumption. This means that paying close attention to every facet of your home’s HVAC system is a great way to identify ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Consider upgrading one or more of these HVAC mainstays to make your home more efficient –
- Thermostat – Programmable or smart thermostats allow homeowners to control their system’s usage in order to maximize its efficiency. Certain thermostats can even provide feedback in order to improve energy efficiency and home comfort.
- Ducts – Much like your home needs to be sealed tightly in order to prevent excessive heating or cooling costs, the same goes for your home’s ductwork. Your HVAC system cannot properly distribute air throughout your home if its connecting air ducts are loosely sealed.
- Water Heater – While your HVAC system accounts for the majority of your home’s energy consumption, the water heater accounts for the majority of your HVAC system’s energy use. Older water heaters do not have the same energy efficient technology behind their design and function as more modern systems. Replacing just your home’s water heater can make a noticeable difference in your monthly energy bill.
Ultimately your home’s energy efficiency needs are unique to your exact situation. The location and structure of your home; the efficiency of your appliances; how occupants consume energy – all of these factors make up your home’s overall efficiency. To get a better understanding of how YOU can save energy, contact William G. Day Company for a comprehensive home energy efficiency audit.