We all want our homes to be snug and cozy “ not too warm, not too cold, just the right temperature “ the Goldilocks zone of comfort. But in the process, are we racking up the energy bill?
Inefficient use of energy is not only bad for our wallets, it is also bad for the environment, as energy creation is one of the most ecologically expensive processes today. Depending on where you live, you might find that winters or summers are huge energy-drainers in your home. However, there are easy ways to fix this without major alterations to your home. Run through the checklist below, and think about what areas need your attention in your home.
Do you have problem windows? Older windows with aluminum frames are often leaky and don’t provide good insulation. Choose wood instead, as wood is a natural insulator. Alternatively, you might want to have storm windows installed, which is a quicker way to fix window leak. While you are at it, take a look at the doors as well. Hollow door frames are poor insulators and may be contributing to the energy drain.
Fix that draft! Drafty corners indicate a leak. Find chinks around your door and window frames, and seal them up. Also take a look at your basement, as leaks are common here.
Add insulation. Perhaps the roof needs insulation? In fact, insulation must be done from the roof all the way down to the foundation. You would do well to check the insulation in the attic, in the exterior walls as well as under floors that lie directly over cold spots, such as the basement.
Are your appliances up-to-date? Older appliances are typical not very energy-efficient. Start with the water heater. Replacing your old one with an energy-efficient water heater can significantly reduce energy consumption. Serious energy problems could indicate that your old HVAC unit needs replacement. New high-efficiency systems can ensure that all your insulation effort is rewarded.
Invest in the right thermostat. This can make an impressive difference to your energy bill, as a thermostat that you can program, ensures that the ambient temperature always stays optimal, without wasteful overheating or over cooling. In time, this can lead to significant savings in your heating or cooling costs.
Going through this energy-saving to-do list is essential for every homeowner, given the long-term savings that it implies. Moreover, an energy-efficient home is a source of pride and joy, as it contributes towards a cleaner and greener environment.