3 Ways to Prevent Your Energy Dollars from Flying out the Window
It’s a mid of the year, and everyone is trying to tighten their budget belts once again. Often times, saving money by cutting back on your energy bills can be the way to go, but figuring out exactly where your energy dollars are going and what you can do about it can sometimes be more difficult than it’s worth. To help you on your way, here are three common ways suggest by engineering consulting firms that energy can leak out of homes along with ways to prevent them from happening.
Insulate your ductwork.
When you think about the spot in your home that gets the coldest air and the hottest heat, what do you think of? Have you ever wondered why your basement is so much cooler in the summer than the rest of your house? The majority of this can typically be attributed to poorly insulated ducts. And not only can leaky ductwork cause high energy bills, but it is also a leading cause of dust and allergens throughout many homes. The best way to seal those ducts and prevent more leakage is by sealing them with a water based sealer or foil-backed tape.
Tighten up your windows and doors.
Because of the fluidity that air has when it comes to traveling in and out of your home, even the slightest seeming of cracks or holes can have huge implications when it comes to energy waste. Did you know that a crack as small as an eighth of an in under your front door can cost you the equivalent of having a two square inch hole in your wall? Quick fixes such as rubber weather stripping or foam can can be an inexpensive way to prevent some air from escaping, but if your windows and doors are getting old, the best solution may just be to invest in some new ones.
Insulate hot water heater piping.
There are a number of different ways you can reduce the amount of energy that your water heater consumes. For starters, simply insulating your hot water piping and turning down your water heater by a few degrees can save you up to 5% on energy bills annually. And you can easily further those savings by switching over from a traditional water heater to a tankless model. Tankless water heaters don’t heat your water until you need it, rather than storing hot water in a tank until when you’re ready. In preventing you from wasting all of the energy that goes into keeping your hot water tank hot, a tankless water heater has the potential to save you up to 40% in energy costs.
Now that you have a better idea of where your energy dollars are going and some tips for preventing further energy waste, it’s your turn to go out and make some fixes. Best of luck!