Is your older home causing you high energy bills? Start saving now.
Posted by Scott Mise | 03.07.2014
According to the U.S. Department of Energy only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated. Could yours be one of them? If you have an older home, have built an addition, are bothered by outside noise, or pay high energy bills – you may need to re-insulate your home. Adding insulation in your attic is an easy and inexpensive way to save hundreds of dollars off your year-round energy bill while increasing your comfort.
You can save as much as 10% on your cooling and heating bill by reducing the air leaks in your home.
Warm and cold air can leak into your house during any season in many ways costing you lots of energy dollars. Check for holes or cracks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, ducts, and electrical switches and outlets.
One of the quickest dollar-saving tasks you can do is to caulk, seal, or weather strip around any cracks, seams, and openings to the outside. You should also automatically caulk around every window and doorframe in your house.
You can easily test your home for air tightness on a windy day by holding a lit incense stick next to areas with possible air paths to the outside. If the smoke stream travels horizontally you have found an air leak that may need caulking, sealing, or weather stripping. One third of cold or hot air entering your home comes in through floors, walls, and ceilings, according to the Department of Energy.
Conducting a home energy analysis can show you how to save even more on your home’s energy bill. Call us today at 512-837-2917512-837-2917 to schedule a free analysis of what your home needs to meet energy efficient standards.