Can you imagine what lower energy costs can do for you and your home? Not only will it help save you money, but it will also help your home maintain cooling and heating, to keep you and your guests comfortable. Although some people may think that lowering your energy consumption will also lessen the comfort in your home, that's not completely true. You can decrease energy consumption just by removing energy-wasting elements.
In order to find out where your energy usage is going to waste, you need to run a home energy audit. An energy audit is essentially an inspection of how energy flows and is used in a home, taking into consideration factors that can be addressed to improve energy efficiency in cooling and heating. An audit of your home’s energy efficiency will include comprehensive overviews of your walls, floors, doors, ceilings, and even skylights. This is to determine leakage rate, which affects the energy consumption of your home.
The energy audit will also show you whether or not your cooling/heating system is working properly, whether door seals and weather stripping are doing their jobs, and if your insulation is properly installed.
Once the audit is done, you will find what issues need to be taken care of, and what needs to be changed in order for your home’s thermal performance to improve. This is to help you reduce your energy consumption.
Aside from an energy audit, which will help you address the problems that cause your home to increase energy consumption due to leakage rate, you will also need to adopt energy saving habits. These include the following:
Make Switching Off a Habit – if lights are not in use, switch these off. If a computer doesn't need to be running, switch this off. If your console is not being used, enable sleep mode or simply turn it off. Switching things off when these are not being used, or when you are done using them, will help save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs.
Unplug Anything Not in Use – if you want to go a step further, unplugging is what you want to do. Even when some appliances or items are turned off, when these remain plugged in, they still consume energy. Some people call this an energy vampire, while others call this an energy leak. Whatever term is used, in order to prevent energy from going to waste and increasing your energy costs, unplugging is recommended.
Use Power Strips – if unplugging is too tedious for you, you should consider using power strips that you can switch off when not in use. You might argue that these are still plugged in, however power strips do stop electricity from flowing to the strip when the off switch is pressed.
These are just a few of the habits you should adopt to help lower your energy costs. Other things you should consider doing include using more energy efficient lighting options, using appliances effectively, and having an energy monitoring meter in your home.
To find out how much energy your home is wasting, and to be able to fix the many problems your home may have in terms of energy leaks, request for an energy audit or a home energy evaluation. Summit Services has been helping residents of Hilton Head & Bluffton, SC find out what parts of your home need to be fixed to make it more energy efficient. We can also help you address these issues with services that include insulation, air sealing, ductwork, and much more.