3 Options to Consider for a More Energy-Efficient Home

Posted on: 8 August 2018

Are you looking for ways to make your home more "green" and to cut down on your energy bills? Have you already switched to energy-efficient appliances and are running out of ideas? Aside from being better for the environment, the more energy efficient that your home is the more money that you'll save on your utility bills. But once you switch to energy-efficient appliances, it can be all too easy to start thinking that's all you need to do or all that you can do. However, there are a number of other options that may be available, including:

1. Attic insulation: If your house is more than a few years old, there's a good chance that your existing insulation has either degraded or is sub-standard in comparison to the insulation that you could install today. Some insulation has a longer expected lifespan than others, depending on materials. But even for insulation with longer lifespans, this life expectancy can be drastically reduced by exposure to things like humidity or household pests. The only way to be certain is to have a professional inspect your insulation to see if it has been damaged or if it should be replaced for other reasons.

2. Window installation: Unless your house was built or remodeled in the past few years, there's a good chance that you still have old-fashioned single-pane windows in your home. Single-pane windows are extremely energy inefficient, allowing heat transfer between the inside and outside of your home, driving up your utility costs. Depending on utility prices in your area, double-pane window installation may be able to pay for itself within just a few years. But if you can't afford to replace all of your windows at once, consider starting with new window installation on the south side of your home first. This will have the immediate impact of helping to keep your home cooler in the summer, lowering your cooling costs and allowing you to set aside more money to replace the rest of your windows.

3. New weatherstripping: Most people don't realize that weatherstripping doesn't last indefinitely. It becomes brittle and worn, losing its efficiency well before it starts to visibly degrade. It does no good to have new windows installed only for the heat to leak through your doors or even through those new windows themselves due to aged weatherstripping. Depending on your climate, you may want to replace the weatherstripping every couple of years or so in order to make sure it's as efficient as possible. 

Talk to a home remodeling contractor about new window installation to help you save more on your monthly utility bills.