Saving Money and Energy on Home’s Heating and Insulation
You don’t have to spend a huge amount of money just to help save the environment. Even through minor lifestyle changes, they already are a big step towards preserving the planet. You can start going green at home and encourage other family members to do the same.
You can save a huge amount of money on your home’s heating and insulation. Consider the following tips:
Use your heating thermostats wisely. Reduce the house temperature overnight by 5 degrees then turn it up again in the morning and you’ll save a huge amount of money while using less resources. If no one’s around, you could reduce the overall house heating to 55 degrees to prevent the pipes from freezing while also reducing your bills.
When having a house party, you can save a bit on your heating bill by setting the thermostat down. A human body in an enclosed room produces heat that’s equivalent to 175 watts of power.
Installing a programmable thermostat is also a good idea. It lets you control heating and when properly programmed, it could help reduce closer to 2,000 pounds of greenhouse emissions per year in an average home.
Installing solar panels may require a good amount of investment but there are so many benefits that you can get from installing one. They work well in areas where there is a good amount of light. Solar panels don’t need hot sunshine to operate. Though you can’t run the entire home on a solar power, it can go a long way towards energy preservation.
Your furnace should also be serviced annually. The air filter should also be changed if needed. This could help reduce your heating bill and the furnace will run more efficiently. Thus, you save more money in the long run.
Conserve heat by insulating every part of your home that needs to be insulated. The loft is an important area that needs to be insulated. Heat rises and will keep on rising if your loft is not well-insulated. Also insulate your wall cavities because heat will go wherever it can and not just straight out of your roof. Thus, it’s important to also insulate the sides. Some 40% of heat loss is due to a lack of cavity wall insulation.
Air returns and heating vents need to be kept clear from any obstructions. Remove furniture and carpets and let the flow go smoothly to increase the efficiency of the system while helping you save money and using fewer resources.
Whether you’re upgrading your current insulation or you’re insulating from scratch, you might as well consider eco-friendly insulation materials. They are friendlier to the environment than traditional insulating materials. Efficient insulation not only benefits the environment. It can also help you save money in time.
Drafts can greatly reduce a room’s temperature. Therefore, ensure that all drafts are properly sealed. Install weather stripping to seal loose doors and windows, making them more effective in keeping the heat in and the cold out.
Are you still using single glazed windows? If you are, you need to replace them with double or even triple glazing. Single glazed windows were used many years ago and they’re not really good at insulation. is very effective at trapping heat in a room or keeping at out during hot summer days. Triple glazing is also even better. Though it may cost a lot when you upgrade, you can save considerably in the long run. Therefore, you may want to consider it as an investment.
If you can’t afford to upgrade your windows into double glazed windows, there’s a helpful tip that can help. Cover your windows with a bubble wrap. It really works. It can reduce heat loss through the window by about 45% and this is already a good amount.
Do you have open fireplaces? Insulate any open fireplaces at home but take note that this tip is only applicable to UNUSED fireplaces. UNUSED open fireplaces act as vents for the heat that you’re producing that you might be just throwing away your dollars out of the window each morning. It would be best to use a removable insulating material so you could use the fireplace again when you want to.
NOTE: You need fresh air inside the house. If your heating system does not let fresh air in, make sure that you do at some point each day. If you have sealed the house tightly and it’s well-insulated, install carbon monoxide detectors to let you know immediately if there’s carbon monoxide buildup and that there’s not enough fresh air entering your home.