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Top Home Improvements to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

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.

Attic Insulation

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.

HVAC Tune-Up

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.

How to Save Money on Energy Costs in 2017

With the prospect of a new year, make your new year’s resolution all about energy savings. Many people don’t realize that just a few small tweaks in your habits can really add up when it comes to your home’s energy bills.

How to Save Money on 2017 Energy Costs

Check out this list for several smart ideas on how to save money on energy costs in the new year:

  • Use compact fluorescent bulbs over traditional incandescent bulbs as they can reduce energy usage up to 75%. Also, be sure to turn off lights whenever you leave a room. Make this a household rule to get everyone in on the energy savings.
  • Check for drafts around your home’s exterior doors and windows, and seal up any leaks with weather stripping; or, if the space is small, use caulking. For drafts at the bottoms of doors, either purchase or make draft blockers to stop drafts from sneaking in.
  • Check for leaks in your refrigerator gasket, which can be a costly problem to have. Place a sheet of paper in between the door and the body of the refrigerator. Close the door; if the sheet of paper slides out easily when tugged, then you should replace your refrigerator’s gasket.
  • When not in use, unplug your television set. The television is designed to constantly draw power so that it is able to easily “click” on when you want it to.
  • Have your HVAC system checked out by a professional at least once per year—twice is best. By doing this, you can make sure that your heating and cooling systems are running effectively and not using up any extra energy that they shouldn’t be using. Also, a professional technician can easily spot any small problems with your system that may need repair or adjustments.
  • Clean all air vents regularly with a vacuum cleaner. Use a small paper towel wrapped around a butter knife to clean in between the grooves. This will not only help improve the efficiency of your heating or cooling system, but it will also improve your home’s air quality by preventing the dust and debris caught in these vents from cycling throughout your home’s air.
  • If you are using a manual style thermostat, consider switching to a programmable one. This way, you can set your home’s temperature to a more energy efficient temperature while you are away or sleeping. You can set it to be change to a lower temperature in the winter, or a slightly higher temperature in the summer.
  • When using your washing machine, avoid using the hot cycle and wash with warm or cold water instead. Heating water is responsible for approximately 90% of the energy expenditure of your washing machine. Cold water washes just as well, and is gentler on most fabrics, so the next time you do a load of laundry, choose colder temperatures over hot.
  • During the colder months, keep a supply of sweaters and throw blankets around for keeping warm without the need to crank up the heat. By keeping your home just one degree cooler than normal, you can save from 3 to 5% in energy costs.

Want to save money on energy costs by upgrading your HVAC system? Contact us today, and our team would be happy to help you find the right energy efficient HVAC system to meet your home comfort needs.