save money on energy consumption and increase energy efficiency
It’s no secret that the United States leads the world in per capita energy consumption. With all of this consumption, the need for an increase in energy efficiency has been a necessity. But, even as we improve energy efficiency, our energy bills remain high and utility costs rise at an alarming rate. Fortunately, there are many ways to both save money on energy consumption and increase energy efficiency.
One of the easiest and most obvious solutions to cut back on your energy consumption is by improving your insulation. Your home should be at least 9 inches thick of fiberglass or other effective insulation. There are many kits available for insulation. If you’re not sure which product is best for your needs, call your local heating and cooling company. They should be able to give you expert advice on what kind of product would be best for your location.
The right kind of insulation works
Installing the right kind of attic insulation will make a big difference in your energy bill and your overall energy consumption. The right kind of insulation works by reducing the transfer of thermal energy through its several layers. If there is a lot of outgoing air, the insulating layer can help prevent it from escaping. If air movement is minimal, however, the layer will not have much of an effect, and the thermal energy will escape into the atmosphere.
Another way to cut down on your energy consumption and your energy bills is by replacing your windows. Your windows will not only reduce the amount of outgoing air; they will also keep out the cold and heat from the sun. Windows with double panes should have insulated glass that is weatherproof. Modern window frames come in a variety of materials, but vinyl is probably your best option. It’s durable, lightweight, and inexpensive, and even comes with a ten-year warranty. Replacement windows can keep your home comfortable and save you money on your electricity bills, too.
Energy-efficient cooling devices
Installing energy-efficient devices on your furnace or air conditioner will also pay off on your energy bill. Energy-efficient devices that operate with an energy source (i.e., natural gas, electricity, or a renewable source such as wind power) are more efficient, too. These devices need to draw hot air outside of the area where they are placed in order to work, so they require less space overall. For example, instead of using a standard sized air conditioner to cool off your whole house, you can use a small indoor window to cool just the rooms that you use most often. Energy-efficient cooling devices don’t waste any energy, either, so they’ll reduce your energy bill even if they don’t lower it very much.
Of course, if you’re trying to go all out and get an energy-efficient home, be prepared for winter to make an impact. While increased energy efficiency can help keep your bills down during the colder months, you may not be able to do much about higher utility bills in the summer months. But by taking steps to heat your home efficiently, you can help keep your home comfortable no matter what season it is.