Creating a Strategic Energy-Saving Plan for Your Home
An energy-saving plan will help you prioritize where to make changes to your home and introduce habits to reduce energy consumption. The changes you make last for years and don’t require a large investment. More importantly, they add up to greater comfort and could increase the life of your HVAC system.
Your home could have a host of issues that undermine comfort like:
- Air leaks in the basement, walls and attic.
- Inadequate insulation in the attic, walls or basement.
- Heat transfer through inefficient windows.
The fastest way to learn where these weaknesses exist is through a home energy audit. Licensed professionals use specialized equipment to determine the exact location of air leakage and thermal transfer from insufficient insulation and windows. The results of the energy audit will give you the information you need to establish priorities for your energy-saving plan.
You can conduct your own simplified audit by inspecting the insulation in the attic, looking for air leakage through the ceiling into the attic, and looking cracks in the walls that provide entry points for outdoor air. They’re easy to seal with caulk, expanding foam, or weatherstripping.
Increasing insulation may require a contractor who has the tools to install safely and effectively. A good insulation installation takes into account the need for ventilation and stops thermal transfer and bridging.
Habits for Energy Savings
- Check the air filter for your HVAC system monthly, and change it when it’s dirty. A typical home needs a new filter every three months, but dust loads vary by family.
- Have your heating system serviced annually. Not only will it be safer, it will use less energy. A clean and adjusted system runs more efficiently and dependably.
- Turn down the water heater temperature to 120 degrees and drain a few quarts from its base quarterly to remove hard water deposits.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues — especially HVAC and plumbing issues — so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.