Finding ways of cutting down on your utility bills, especially in the state of today’s economy, should be your number one priority – not only when you’re planning on building your home, but even if you’ve occupied the same house for prolonged periods of time. It’s never too late or too early to save money. The best way to do that is by testing your home’s energy efficiency today.
- Check your home’s air tightness:
Consider implementing a blower door test to check for air leakage within your home – placing your home under negative pressure in order to locate possible leaks and measure its airtightness. That way you are able to seal off unnecessary leaks which are costing you in the long run.
- Inspect your HVAC systems:
Regardless of the season, it’s always a good idea to ensure your heating and cooling systems are functioning properly, as they should. This check should be done at least once a year – ensuring the filters are clean, the ductwork is free of dirt streaks, and there are no leaks present. Better yet, replace an old system with a newer version which will greatly reduce your energy consumption.
- Change your lighting:
According to energy.gov, choosing the correct lighting plays a big role in your energy consumption levels, accounting for at least 10% of your utility bills. There are energy-efficient light bulbs available on the market, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) which not only saves you money in the long run, but protects the environment by using less energy to light up your life.
- Use home appliances wisely:
Often, we waste energy without even knowing it, by leaving home appliances such as cell phone chargers plugged in when not in use. Check your appliances to measure how much energy they use, and if they’re really worth using on a regular basis. We don’t always realize how much energy we’re wasting by using home appliances which aren’t necessary.
- Hire an energy consulting firm:
Testing your home’s energy efficiency levels yourself will save you money, but sometimes it’s best to call in the professionals who know exactly what to look for where – examining room-for-room to check for inconsistencies where there should be none. However, before choosing a company, ask for several references and enquire about possible complaints to ensure you get what you’re paying for.
Remember, a home that’s energy efficient is not only healthy for your bank balance, but it keeps your physical health in check by ensuring that the ventilation levels are balanced, by making sure that your home appliances are used wisely and accordingly, and that your lighting doesn’t cost you more that it should. Keep your home and your family healthy by testing the energy efficiency of your home today, and save the environment whilst saving loss of space within your wallet.
About the author
The guest post was provided by Apex Window Werks, a Chicago based company that specializes in door and window repair. It is a BBB A+ company that is included in Angie’s List and is eight years in business. Visit their website for more details about their services.
May 24, 2016