Going Green To Save Green
Turning your home into a more energy efficient system, can improve performance, save money, and is good for the environment. With the right strategy, you can make any home more efficient and comfortable. Whether it’s an older home or a newer home, there are many measures homeowners can take to improve the efficiency. First you need to think about each part of your home, inside and out. Then, you can figure out which envelopes need the most work.
Insulation Can Go a Long Way
When installed properly, insulation slows the rate of air that flows out of and in the house. Whether it’s winter or summer, insulation improves your comfort, your efficiency and cuts the energy bills. If your house doesn’t have insulation in all the right places, you can usually tell… but sometimes it takes a little work. Plus, if your attic is unfinished, you should definitely think about getting it insulated. There are many types of insulation to choose from, but the most popular are made from fiberglass and foam. With insulation installation you should probably call an expert. They know where insulation needs to go and they install it correctly the first time. They also have special tools like infrared cameras to find all the hidden cavities where the air is escaping.
By upgrading or replacing your old windows with new energy efficient ones, you will feel the effects immediately. And even better yet, your energy bills will drop and drop fast. Yes, windows can become a little pricey, especially when you need to replace more than one. But, it will pay off in the longer run… by a lot. Fortunately there are many types of energy efficient windows that offer a refund.
Let There Be Light
You wouldn’t think replacing your light bulbs would help the efficiency of your home. However, incandescent light bulbs not only use less energy, they are brighter then most regular bulbs. Plus, energy efficient light bulbs use less electricity to run. Do your research and compare the energy used for your old bulbs compared to new energy efficient bulbs. You will see a real difference in how much energy is used and how much it costs to run each one.
Believe it or not, a verandah, car port, patios and awnings can make a big difference in energy efficiency. By installing an energy efficient roof, these home additions become an economic solution that you and your family can enjoy.
Eric Regan is a writer who loves the enviroment and has written many blogs on different going green and energy saving techniques