How do you save energy in your house?
Saving energy has never been so important. Energy costs are higher than ever and continue to increase. That is why it is important to learn how to make your house as efficient as possible. Components that help make your house efficient include, light bulbs, general electricity consumption, water consumption, heating & cooling, windows & doors, siding, roofs, and attic insulation. Being conscious of all of these items will greatly reduce energy costs in your home.
•How do you save on electricity costs?
Electricity usage may be the largest cost of utility bills for many people. Reducing, or eliminating, the usage of grid electricity can save you hundreds of dollars each year. Changing your incandescent light bulbs for fluorescent or LEDs will save you between 75% to 90% just on lighting costs! It is more important to reduce the usage of any electric motors as they draw the most power. These include your air conditioner, furnace, refrigerators, and freezers. Keep you thermostat higher in the summer and lower in the winter. This will reduce the time your A/C and furnace run. If you aren’t using an electronic device such as a cell phone charger, then unplug it because they still draw power even though your device isn’t plugged in! Be conscious about turning lights off every time you leave a room. You’ll be surprised how much extra energy you use when you aren’t in there. Don’t leave the water running when you aren’t using it and consider taking shorter showers. This will help reduce water consumption and costs.
•How do you save energy with windows and doors?
Replacing your windows and doors with new are one of the best ways to start saving on energy costs. Replacement windows and doors are much more efficient because they are virtually air tight, well insulated, and require less maintenance. This will help reduce the usage of your A/C and furnace because your home is better insulated. Call a professional such as Classic Gutter Co., Inc. for a free estimate to see how much energy is going out your windows and doors!
•How do you save energy with siding, roofs, and insulation?
A lot of your heating and cooling energy can be lost through your siding, roof, and attic because they are poorly insulated. Newer homes are being sided with insulated siding that greatly reduces energy costs. If you have an older home, it may be wise to consider residing your home with premium insulated siding that is low maintenance and very energy efficient. Insulating your attic is also a crucial component to energy efficiency. Attic insulation creates a barrier from the outdoor temperature in both the winter and summer. Inspect your attic for sufficient insulation. The more the insulation, the more efficient your attic will perform. Call a professional for a free inspection and estimate.
If you have any questions, comments, or would like to receive a free estimate on energy saving components, please call Classic Gutter Co., Inc. at (708) 450-9666 today!