While many homeowners think they’re doing a good job at conserving energy, all that effort won’t do much good if your home isn’t energy-efficient!
Here are five simple energy saving tips for you to improve the overall comfort and energy-efficiency of your home:
Schedule an Energy Efficient Audit
First things first! Have an energy efficient audit done on your home by a professional whose sole job is to asses the energy efficiency of a residential home.
Having the results of the audit in hand will help you decide where to invest resources in order to gain the most in energy savings throughout your home.
Seal Air Leaks & Duct Work
As the cool weather sets in, warm air can escape through the cracks and openings in your home. Your heating unit will work in overdrive trying to keep up with the cool air leaking in! Using budget-friendly caulk to seal cracks and openings in your home helps you maintain a consistent temperature in your home, which will save you money on your energy bills.
Make sure to check your duct work and properly seal any leaks. Your duct work carries heated and cooled air throughout your home.
One of the top ways to improve the energy efficiency in your home is to insulate your attic.
Heat rises, and the attic is one of the worst places where pockets of warm air can get trapped and cause your home heating and cooling system to work harder and harder to compensate.
Install New Windows
You can promote energy efficiency in your home by installing new energy efficient windows. Many homes, especially in older construction, are subject to serious energy leaks. Ever walked through an old home and seen curtains gently moving when a cold draft comes in? That’s an air leak… and that’s extra money on that month’s heating bill.
Correct, careful measuring and a trip to the home improvement store can get you set to install new windows, which will be more air tight and help to keep costs down and keep your household comfortable.
If installing new windows is too costly, a more economical way would be to is to install storm windows.
Added Bonus: Install a storm door!
Upgrade Units and Appliances
New HVAC units and appliances are all designed to run on the least amount of energy possible. If you have a cooling system that is over 10 years old you may be spending more in energy bills and repairs than you would for a replacement.
Another appliance to consider upgrading is your water heater. Traditional water heaters constantly expend energy in order to keep the entire volume of water at a certain temperature.
New tankless water heaters don’t use energy until your family needs hot water.
Still Having Issues? Give Us a Call!
If you take these steps and you’re still seeing a stubborn upswing in those energy bills, you may find that a more serious concern is to blame. In that case, you’ll need to call in the professionals, and we’re here to help!
At Donnelly’s Plumbing Heating and Cooling, we provide quality worksmanship and exceptional customer service to our communities in the Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties here in Pennsylvania.
To schedule service, just give us a call at (215) 855-2014 or contact us online at any time!