Have you noticed that the average age of homes is getting older? There are definitely some upsides and downsides to older homes is even though that you can only get these homes at a little bit less than comparable new homes is the energy efficiency of those homes.
Fortunately, there are six things that you can do to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency. These upgrades help to reconcile these upfront savings with your long-term energy cost.
Let’s take a closer look at these six things that you can do and are extremely helpful to maximize your home’s efficiency. These Upgrades also maximize your bottom line and keeping green in the bank as you make your home green.
1. Seal Your Home Air Ducts
The first thing that you can do is seal your air ducts now there’s a couple of different type of air ducts that are very common in most homes. It’s important to take notice of them because how to seal them is a little bit different for each.
The first one is the metal-air duct and the second one is normally like a tubing where you just have a tube with a coil that goes through it and has insulation around it.
For the first type with the metal, it’s very simple to fix for a few dollars. You can simply get some metal tape and go up into the attic space or go into the basement. Wherever the air duct is located, make sure that any holes being cut out in it are properly sealed.
You can also get a gooey substance that can actually still in any areas that might have screw holes or anything like that. To make sure that it’s appropriately sealed and is going to continue transferring the air efficiently through your home.
This upgrade is going to save you a lot of money on your heating and cooling bills. By not doing that then you’re essentially leaking money every time heat or cold air is leaking out from your ductwork.
With the second type of insulation, you want to make sure that it’s attached appropriately to what’s called a boot. The boot is whenever you look into your ceiling or you look into your floor and you see that air vent coming up or coming down, depending on what kind of home you have. Whether it’s in the ground or it’s on the ceiling depending that’s called a boot. So, with the insulation that is like a tube essentially a coil wrapped with insulation with plastic.
In a lot of cases, you want to make sure that it’s appropriately sealed. Now this one is very simple to fix. Just take a little bit of duct tape and seal it off close to the boot and make sure there are no leaks.
If you notice any holes or punctures through there in the ductwork itself you want to go ahead and seal that with duct tape as well. Now if there’s a lot of it then you might want to consider just replacing the ductwork altogether.
The idea here is to make sure that we’re sealing off any spots that could be bleeding the hot air or the cold air. Doing so it’s going to save a lot of money at the end of the year.
2. Install High Energy Star Rated Furnace
While installing a new furnace you might want to consider the star rating of the furnace. Especially, if you have an old furnace and you might want to consider replacing it with an energy-star rated furnace. Doing so will save you about 5% more annually on your bills of energy spent.
3. Sealing Your Windows and Doors
Sealing doors and windows of your home going to help trap in the heat or the cold air depending on the season. So, doing so will dramatically impact your home’s energy efficiency and your energy bills. If you want to save some more money then you want to take a specific look and walk around the house, this is really simple to do.
If you go around a house, going to a window, you feel cool or hot air getting in around the window. If you feel so, it is probably an indication that it’s time for some new weatherstripping.
Weatherstripping can go a long way as far as your energy efficiency of sealing your windows and doors. If you can see daylight through the bottom of your door that’s not good and it’s time for new weather stripping. It’s very inexpensive to do, but the reality of the savings is massively huge for you.
Whenever you get this work done as a pro tip here is, consider hiring an energy auditor if you’re unable to pinpoint the source of the leaks. An energy auditor will be able to go in and help you pinpoint those leaks and also the suggested corrections. These suggested corrections will make sure that you’re maximizing the energy efficiency of your home.
4. Inspect and Improve Attic Insulation
Having the right amount of insulation in your home is crucially important to ensure that all the three systems that we’ve already talked about are working efficiently. In the energy efficiency task, everything correlates with one another and builds upon each other to make sure that your home is more energy-efficient.
Making your home energy efficient doesn’t cost a lot in most cases having the right amount of installation really helps. The amount of insulation that you really need in your home to make it significantly depends on the difference in your heating and cooling bills.
5. Install Foam Covers in Outside Wall Sockets
Little wall sockets can be absolutely wonderful as a point of convenience when we’re plugging in our cell phones. If you have an electric weed, whacker, or electric mower, that’s another hole in your wall so we want to make sure that we have it sealed off correctly.
You can actually get a gasket for about a dime or can install foam covers inside your home’s exterior. Electrical sockets and light switches are those little gaskets that go behind the plates and help to seal off a small open area that might allow cold air to seep into or hot air in the summer.
Insulating wall sockets don’t offer you massive savings on your heating bill but it’s neither expensive to do nor is it difficult to do. Every little bit counts when you’re looking to make your home more energy-efficient.
6. Install a Programmable Thermostat
A lot of homes have a programmable thermostat these days, if you don’t have one you definitely should make sure that you upgrade to a programmable thermostat. There are some really good options like it has nested and there’s a lot of other programs.
If you already have a thermostat install you can use an upgrade for free to help increase the energy efficiency in your space. Some people like it, some people don’t but ultimately it benefits, you can increase the temperature slightly when you’re not home. You also can knock it down to keeping your home cool in the summer. During the winter months, you can let it get a little bit colder during the day and a little bit hotter during the night.
So, there are things to think about and things to consider with this now to help you out. So, in the end, all homes could use a little bit more energy efficiency whether it’s a new home or if it’s an older home.
All homes will get old at some point in time. Doing our home improvement and ensuring that we’re making our home as energy efficient as possible, it’s going to save you a lot of money.
You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you’re taking every step that you can as a homeowner that can help your home to be green and support our climate and environment.