7 Things You Can Do to Reduce Energy Consumption in Your Home

reduce-energy-consumptionThese days it seems as if everyone is trying to reduce energy consumption. There are a couple of reasons why homeowners would want to do this. One, to reduce energy costs and save money on monthly utilities; and two, to help their homes to run more efficiently.

The seven tips that we are going to share with you today will help you to achieve all of your goals, effectively reducing energy consumption by helping your home to run more efficiently and lower your utility bills. The great thing about these tips is that you will notice a difference in your energy bill just by doing one of them, but when you combine two or more of them – or use this as a checklist and do all seven – you’ll save even more.

#1 – Seal Windows and Doors
Regulating the temperature of your home is a key to running a more energy efficient home. Tiny little air gaps caused by peeling or missing caulking and sealant can really make a big difference in the way your home retains heat in the winter and stays cool in the summer.

  • Take the time to check each window in your home to make sure that there no gaps. If you find any, add window caulking to make sure you create an air-tight seal.
  • Check each door in your home to make sure there aren’t any gaps at the top, bottom or sides. Add foam weather stripping around doors that need an extra seal.

#2 – Prepare for Winter
To protect your home from the harsh New England winters, install removable storm windows on the interior of your home to give an extra layer of protection from the cold. If it’s in the budget, consider installing brand new windows that are energy rated to help keep the warmth in and the cold out.

  • Remove screens in the fall when the summer heat has faded and store them in a shed, garage or basement, where they’ll be safe from weather and damage.
  • Remove screen doors and replace them with storm doors to give an extra layer of protection at each entry point around your home.

#3 – Have a Pro Look at Your Attic
Studies show that an improperly insulated attic can cause as much as 40 percent of heat loss. That isn’t efficient and will only cause your energy bill to go sky high. In fact, homeowners in the New England area, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and out on the Cape, are seeing as much as $1,000 in annual savings after getting new insulation for their homes. The attic is a great place to start and is usually the place where more air gaps and other temperature control issues are located.

  • Hire a professional insulation installer to do a complete consultation on your residential insulation to see if you would be able to reduce energy consumption.
  • Ask about different types of insulation materials available, including Icynene spray foam, blown-in cellulose and fiberglass rolls that will help you stay on budget.

#4 – Check and Replace Filters
One thing that most homeowners tend to overlook or forget about is the filters on the air conditioning unit and furnace. Depending on the type of filters you use and the type of heating and cooling unit you have, you might have to change them every 30-days, 60-days or 90-days. If you aren’t sure, speak with your HVAC technician for advice and support.

  • Sign up for annual service checks on heating and air conditioning units to make sure that they are in proper working condition for maximum efficiency.
  • Make filter changing dates on your calender or set an alarm on your smartphone so you won’t forget.

#5 – Use Fans to Improve Cooling
In the summer months, use fans to help circulate the cool air for lower utility bills. Not only will this help you to keep your thermostat at a reasonable level, even during the hottest part of the day, but it will help to circulate the air, making it to feel fresher. Keep fans clean and running properly for best results, as they can quickly accumulate dust and dirt.

  • Consider installing ceiling fans in bedrooms and in rooms that get a lot of use in the summer, such as sunrooms or living room areas.
  • Make sure ceiling fan blades rotate clockwise in winter and counterclockwise in the summer for a more energy efficient home.

#6 – Check Your Water Heater Thermostat
The second largest utility expense in your home, outside of temperature control, is water heating. In fact, the water heater can account for as much as 18 percent of your utility bill. You can lower your water heating bill by turning down the thermostat on your water heater or replace an old water heater with an energy efficient model.

  • Set your hot water heater thermostat to 120 degrees to reduce energy consumption, while still providing comfortable temperatures for showers, laundry and dishwashers.
  • Repair any leaky faucets right away, especially hot water leaks, which can waste water and increase demand on your hot water heater.

#7 – Call Richie’s Insulation
Homeowners who live in the New England region should call Richie’s Insulation, an owner-operated, professional insulation installer located in South Coast Massachusetts. Serving customers throughout Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Rhode Island and Connecticut, Richie’s provides a wide variety of services, which include soundproofing, home energy savings improvement, seamless gutters, thermal insulation and more.

  • When you deal with Richie’s, you work directly with the owner who utilizes the latest technology and employs trades people that are fully trained and qualified.
  • Call Richie’s today at 508-678-4474 to find out more about all of the products and services available for both residential and commercial customers.