It’s not too late to save money and make your home more energy efficient this winter. Here’s how to get started.
When was the last time you changed a lightbulb? If you still have incandescent lightbulbs, it’s time to upgrade to an ENERGY STAR certified LED (they use 75% less energy!). What about a low-flow shower head and faucet? They’re cheap to install and they’ll stop a drain water and also cut down on your energy costs. Every little bit will add up over time.
The classic round thermostat was great thirty years ago. Today, you want a programmable thermostat which can adjust temperatures while you’re asleep or gone to work for the day. Today, you can connect them to your home Wi-Fi network and control them through an app on your smartphone. Check with your local local utility company to see if you qualify for a free or discounted upgrade.
Drafts and leaks in an unfinished attic can lead to wasted energy. Before you insulate your attic, be sure to check around ceiling fans, recessed lighting fixtures, electrical outlets, plumbing vents, and ductwork to check for air leakage. In the attic, seal any gaps with caulk or expandable foam to prevent future leaks. Finally, seal the access point to the attic with weatherstripping to prevent additional air leakage.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, sealing and insulating air ducts can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 20%! Locate your ductwork and use mastic tape to seal joints in any unheated spaces—attic, basement, crawlspace, or garage. Once your ductwork is taped, wrap it in insulation to increase energy efficiency.
Throughout the New Hampshire Seacoast and in Exeter, Portsmouth, Kensington, and Stratham we work with homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient and save them money. Contact us for a free quote and to get your project started today!