Previously we have discussed easy ways you can save energy while going about your daily routine. All homeowners needed to do to follow those tips was to change a few minor, everyday habits. It is nice when low-cost and no-cost techniques can save you a little cash in the long run! Truly massive savings require a little more efforts, and sometimes a little more financial investment.
Finding Leaks and Holes in Insulation
Heating and cooling accounts for almost 50 percent of energy use in most homes. Inefficiencies here can cost homeowners thousands of dollars every year. A DIY energy assessment could reveal locations in your home that are leaking warm or cool air. Attics are notorious killers of energy efficiency. Do a visual assessment on the condition of your attic’s insulation. Make repairs and replacements where necessary. Hiring a professional energy auditor is often a good idea. They will use high-tech equipment to take a thermal image of your home. This image will show where warm air is escaping from.
Once you have found air leaks, you can start sealing them off. This should be a quick and easy process. Use caulk or sealing on the outside of your home. Apply weather stripping to doors and windows which seem to be letting temperature controlled air escape.
Insulation is your closest friend in the battle for energy efficiency. It keeps temperature controlled air inside your home, which will keep your heating or cooling unit from working too hard. Insulation comes in a few different styles, including loose-fill, rigid foam, and in-place foam. Insulation is most effective when place in attics, basements, and crawlspaces. The walls and floors of your home should also be full of insulation. If an energy audit has identified holes in your home insulation, you can spend a few extra dollars to fortify it, which will save you money in the long run.