Steps to Follow for an Energy Saving Home
Find Out Where YOUR Home is Losing Energy:
During the past two decades, more and more people have started to understand the importance of saving energy. With this increased awareness has come a proliferation of information, as well as products and appliances which enable us to save energy in our homes.
Some people are motivated to save energy in order to reduce their utility bills. Others are motivated to help the environment. Still others want to increase the value of their home, or make it more attractive to buyers. But regardless of your motivation, saving energy is a win-win-win-win situation.
Some easy ways to reduce energy use immediately include the following:
- Replace traditional light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or LEDs. Both CFLs and LEDs use only 1/4 of the electricity compared to incandescent light bulbs. CFLs last 10 times as long as incandescents and LEDs last 25 times as long.
- Use the energy-saving mode - or reduce the thermostat - on all household appliances, including the refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, and clothes dryer.
- Clean or replace filters on the furnace, air-conditioner and heat pump.
Some more involved ways to save energy:
- Apply caulk or weather-stripping to leaky windows and doors.
- Have your heating and cooling systems serviced or repaired as necessary. Replace older systems with new, energy-efficient models.
- Inspect your home to ensure that you have adequate insulation.
- Insulate hot water pipes and air ducts, especially if they run through unheated areas.
- Replace old appliances (fridge, stove, dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer) with new, energy-efficient ones.
To find out where your home is wasting energy, and to get specific recommendations for improving your home's energy efficiency. schedule a home energy assessment now.
While a home energy audit usually pays for itself within six months to a year with the resulting energy savings, many of the recommended improvements require an up-front investment. These investments will also pay for themselves over time. While you may not be able to complete all the recommended improvements right away, your home energy auditor will help you prioritize the projects according to need and budget restrictions. Keep in mind that energy conservation is an ongoing process of continual improvement.
Home Energy Problems & Solutions:
- Reduce High Energy Bills Energy Efficiency, Home Improvement Tools
- Drafty Rooms Air sealing, Heating and Cooling Contractor
- Peeling Paint Control moisture, Building Science Specialist
- Mold, Mildew or Musty Odors Reducing Indoor Humidity
- Dust Sealing air leaks, Change Filters
- Hot or Cold Rooms Room over a garage, ENERGY STAR ceiling fans
- Damp Basement Stop water leaks, Ventilation Fans
- Moisture on Windows Control Moisture, ENERGY STAR Labeled Windows
- Dry Indoor Air in Winter Home Sealing, Diagnostic Equipment
- Cold Floors in Winter Basement floor, Floor over a crawlspace
- Ice Dams Roofing Contractor, Diagnostic Equipment
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The Building Energy Pros auditor was very knowledgeable. I was VERY HAPPY with him. He promptly E-mailed my energy audit report to me and I will consider all of his recommendations.
We found out that our house really has no energy problems. We are happy to know that we
I was very satisfied with your energy auditor. He was very qualified and spent a great deal of time with me. The energy audit was very informative.
The energy auditor was very good and helpful. He keeps in touch with me to answer any of my questions.
I was very satisfied with my energy audit. The auditor gave me some tips on attic insulation that were very helpful.
I was very satisfied with my energy audit. Thank you!
Very good service! I am going to replace the windows as the auditor had suggested.
I was very happy with the energy audit. THANKS!
My energy audit was very helpful. Joe Dempsey, your auditor, identified some structural problems that I was not aware of and explained to me why I need more insulation.
The auditor was EXCELLENT! He spent ALOT of time with me. I am going to take 3 to 4 of his suggestions and correct these small items to save on my energy bills.
The auditor did a GREAT JOB! He knew a lot about older homes, which we have. The report was very comprehensive. Thank you!
Your energy auditor was very nice and helpful. He answered all of our questions. We will recommend Building Energy Pros to our friends and neighbors.
The auditor did a TERRIFIC JOB! The report was FANTASTIC! I will make all the repairs he suggested. I will definitely recommend him to everyone I know that could benefit from a home energy audit.
Steve Sleigh, Chevy Chase
The energy auditor was very professional and I am very satisfied with both the energy audit and the report I received. I will be referring the Building Energy Pros.
I was very satisfied with the auditor. He was great and gave me some very valuable information. I will refer him to people I know who may need a home energy audit.
Your home energy audit proved to be very informative and helpful. I was not aware of the updraft created inside our walls because of the balloon framing construction. You said that that can cause heat to be pulled out of the house with the draft going up inside the walls and should be re-mediated. You also said that the attic insulation was insufficient and that fiberglass batts can leave spaces for around the edges causing heat loss and that it should have blown in insulation on top of what was there to seal the whole attic and increase the r factor. After going over your findings and telling me how you would fix the problems you told me how I could do it myself with stuff from the Home Center and for a quarter of the cost. Well, I did. I went into the basement and filled the bottom of the wall joist with unfaced insulation where they set on the sill plate. I then cut one inch foam board the size for each space and set it in and the sealed the edges of that with expanding foam as well as the sill plate to the foundation. I also sealed the sill plate to the foundation where the joist ran along it, as well as the top of those joist where it made contact with the subflooring. Next I went to the home center and rented their blown insulation machine and got ten bales of the insulation. I filled the attic on top of the batt insulation with about six inches giving another r-19 factor on top of the r-19 that was there. You said that the blown in would also help seal the heat loss around the edges of the batt. The work in the basement cost $144.00 and the work in the attic cost $328.00. After the 30% federal energy tax credit it will end up costing me about $330.00, which you said I should recover in savings in the first year. Thank You for all your advice and expertise. You made me aware of things I should consider and did.