Guide to Energy Efficiency in Housing


The reason why you should spend time and money to have an energy efficient home is to save money. The advantage of having an energy efficient home is to correct the airflow problems. You only need to take a little effort of DIY to make the air flow where you want it to flow and not flow anywhere else.

Where the DIY comes in handy in Home Energy Efficiency

Cracks and any hole in the house are not friendly to heating or cooling. Even those homes that have undergone renovations and now have tiny holes can lose energy. The DIY comes in to note small cracks on the wall outside and brick facades for signs of wear that may be counteracting insulation. For homes with chimneys, ensure that it is sealed with high-temperature cement and metal flashing at the roof line. Seal the plumbing vent in case they penetrate outside. Having proper insulation is also important. Even the windows, make sure that they are always tightly closed. Seal all basements, laundry vents, water faucets and electrical outlets. Choose appliances like compact fluorescent light bulbs that have Energy star ratings.

The DIY Tips on How to save by Energy Efficient Home

Everyone would love to save as they put up their home. The following tips would help in saving energy in the home. Make doors and windows air tight so that you are not required to use the heater frequently. Shade trees should be planted around the house where there are windows that lets in a lot of sun. Old and inefficient appliances like the water heater and furnace should be replaced with modern energy efficient models. Turn off your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and instead use a blanket to cover the water heater so that heat does not escape. Unplug electrical appliances that are not in use. Things like the Iron box, Microwave, TV, Decoder, Mixer and Blender.

How important is insulation?

Insulation is the core to home energy efficiency. Insulation will make the heat stay long in the house even if you upgrade your furnace. Before installing insulation to your home, ensure that all areas that heat could escape like the plumbing pipes, pot lights and electrical wires are sealed. A well sealed place is ideal for insulation.

Always ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instruction on installation and do not forget to put on protective gears like gloves, respirator s and safety glasses as you get to work.