It’s important to ensure your home is as energy-efficient as it can be. Whatever the age of your home, there are always ways to improve its energy efficiency. Implementing these improvements doesn’t necessarily require a significant investment in time or money and could reduce your energy bills. Here are three simple, cost-effective ways to make your home more energy-efficient.
1. Seal Air Leaks
Reducing air leakage in and out of your home can help you cut your energy costs and create a healthier indoor environment, and you can do it yourself with inexpensive materials from your local hardware store. Caulking, sealing and weatherstripping are three effective air sealing measures that offer quick returns on your investment. Studies show that caulking around your windows can reduce your heating bills by 10 percent. For best results, focus on filling large gaps around your plumbing and electrical work, such as where pipes enter your home through your exterior walls, with expanding foam sealants.
2. Install Storm Windows
Inefficient windows can account for up to 25 percent of your heating and cooling costs, but replacing your old windows with new, energy-efficient windows can be costly. A cost-effective alternative is to install storm windows on the inside or outside of your current windows. Research reveals that triple-track storm windows can help reduce air leakage into and out of existing windows, producing similar energy savings to new windows at a fraction of the cost.
3. Reduce Moisture Accumulation
Reducing moisture in your home improves the effectiveness of your air sealing and insulation efforts. The easiest and most effective way to do this is to ventilate your home. Mechanical ventilation allows fresh air into your home, helping to prevent dampness. It also minimizes your energy costs; studies show that it costs less to heat or cool a dry environment than a damp one.
At WAVE Home Solutions, our moisture control units can help you achieve whole house ventilation for a more energy-efficient home. Contact us today to request a consultation with one of our knowledgeable representatives.