When you're looking to reduce energy costs in your home, it's important to think about the big picture. While there are many ways to cut down on cost and environmental impact, one of the first things you should do is make sure that your house is as energy efficient as possible. You can take a few simple steps to make sure your home has optimal insulation and ventilation without having to spend much time or money at all!
The first and most obvious step is to switch from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents (CFLs). CFLs use 75% less energy than traditional bulbs, and last 10 times longer. For example, the average life of an incandescent bulb is 750 hours—that's about three months if you use it for one hour per day. In contrast, a CFL will last anywhere from 8,000 to 25,000 hours—ten or more years if you leave it on for just two hours every day!
While this may seem like a no-brainer, there are some caveats with using CFLs for lighting purposes: They produce a different kind of light than traditional incandescents (it's more yellowish), so don't expect them to be as bright. Additionally, they contain mercury—a toxic metal that can leak out into soil or water when not disposed properly—so dispose of your old ones carefully by taking them back to the store instead of tossing them in the trash bin or recycling bin at home!
If you're looking for a more permanent solution than CFLs, consider solar-powered lights. These are great because they don't require any wiring or plumbing—simply install them.
If you are unsure how to do this, hire a professional.
Seal your attic hatch. This is a great way to keep the heat in, and the cold out. You can do it any time of year, but it’s easier to do during summer months when you can open windows instead of turning on fans.
All you need is a piece of plywood and some caulk (get both at Home Depot).
Measure the width and length of your attic door opening, then cut a piece of plywood accordingly so that it fits between the framing members above your door like this:
This will create a small space between the plywood and frame, which is where you’ll want to apply some caulk. Then, push the plywood into place and screw it down to make sure it stays in place. Now that you have your attic door sealed up nice and tight, don’t forget to check the rest of your home for air leaks!
Step 4: Add more insulation.
If you’re going to be insulating, it’s best to really go all out. Attics, walls and floors need extra insulation; ducts and pipes are also candidates for a little more polyurethane foam. The rule of thumb is that if it's an exterior surface—exteriors are at least R-5 per inch; interiors are at least R-13 per inch. Spray foam insulation offers the most bang for your buck because it can go into any nook or cranny you might have in your home—and even where there aren't any!
Blower door test: A blower door test checks how well your home seals against air leakage (the amount of air getting in from outside). You'll need a certified technician to do this test for you; they'll find out exactly how much energy leaks out each day through cracks around windows or doors, poorly sealed windows or doors, gaps in window framing and roofs not sealed tightly enough around chimney flues or attic hatches/vents.
These are simple and easy ways to reduce your energy costs:
By following these simple steps, you will be able to reduce your energy costs and live more comfortably in your home.
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