Whether you’re looking to save money, go green and reduce your carbon footprint—or both!—there are a lot of subtle things that you can do around your home to save energy. As the weather starts to cool down and we head into Fall and Winter weather, there are a handful of simple things that you can do to help save energy.
Energy Saving Tip #1: Weatherproof Your Home
Heating (and cooling) the home accounts for over 50% of the average American’s annual energy consumption. Simply looking at the insulation in any areas that could have leaks or insufficient insulation, like an attic, basement, crawl space and walls, can help you identify areas where there may be leaks in (and out of) the home. This means that the cold outdoor air may be getting into the house and any heat you may be generating inside the home to make it more comfortable, may be leaking outside. Air leaks around pipes, windows and doors can be easily eliminated with weather stripping and expanding foam spray.
Energy Saving Tip #2: Use the Sun
The sun may or may not be out very much during the fall or winter seasons, but during cold months, you can take advantage of the sun’s natural heat-producing effects by leaving blinds or drapes drawn on windows that face the sun throughout the day.
Energy Saving Tip #3: Be Thermostat Smart!
One of the easiest ways that people can save on energy is simply by being smarter with the thermostat. Everyone has a different room temperature that they may find comfortable, but if you can reduce the thermostat minimum temperature while you are away from the home during the colder months, you can potentially save 10% on your energy bill. Then, when you are home, you can raise the minimum to a level that is comfortable. Also, if you can still keep that thermostat at a bearable temperature and then find other sources of heat (such as blankets, fireplaces, and bundling up), you can significantly reduce your energy consumption.
Energy Saving Tip #4: Use Energy-Saving Materials
From insulation to windows to siding, there are numerous materials available now that help reduce energy and keep the temperature of the home comfortable and at its desired level. Of course knowing what materials are available and finding a company that uses these materials is important!
For those in Oakland County, Michigan, if you would like to receive a free analysis of your home’s insulation and saving energy, contact Grennan Construction today.
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