Energy efficiency is a big topic in the United States right now and many people are trying to find ways to reduce their energy consumption. There are a lot of ways to be more energy efficient, but some require big investments in either time or money. In reality, some of the most impactful ways to be more energy efficient are actions you can easily take right at home. These 8 examples of energy efficient practices are simple steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient.
As the seasons begin to change and it becomes colder, being well informed on how you can save money and save energy is imperative. Knowing where you can insulate your home is an easy way to help save energy and make your home more comfortable. Insulation works by trapping air pockets that moderate the migration of temperatures through walls, ceilings and floors, thus making them warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Without proper insulation and sealing, warm or cold air will leak out of your home, which wastes energy and forces your HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) systems to work harder than necessary. The same concept goes with cool air during the summer. When your insulation is working properly, the temperatures in your home will remain more constant so that your HVAC systems are not running as much.
We get a lot of calls this time of year for in-home energy audits and it’s encouraging to see people make an effort to reduce the energy consumption of their home. If you are unfamiliar with energy audits, you might be hesitant to invite someone in to inspect your home. You don’t have to worry. We check your home for potential areas in which you can improve your efficiency and places where you are spending more than you should. To help prepare yourself for your energy audit, you can do some basic checks around your household to set your expectations. Here’s how you can get started on a home energy audit.
In this day and age, it’s so easy to “go green” and reduce your carbon footprint by using energy efficient products. From something like switching plastic for paper, to upgrading to high efficiency appliances in your home, it all helps save energy and reduce your utility bills as well. At Atlas Butler, we offer high efficiency furnaces that aid in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Spring can be a strange time for weather in Columbus. You never know if it’s going to be hot and sunny or cold and rainy which can make it difficult to be energy efficient. Despite all the variable weather we get. There are still some tried-and-true methods of maximizing your efficiency and keeping your utility bill to a minimum. If you complete this 7-step guide to energy saving, then you can relax this spring knowing that you won’t be overspending on your utility bills.
One often overlooked aspect of your overall home energy efficiency is your air ducts. The air ducts move hot and cold air through your home. If there is a leak or lack of insulation in your ducts, you’re losing some of that energy. For major repairs or to insulate your ducts, make sure you call a professional contractor like Atlas Butler. To check for and fix minor repairs, though, follow this guide.