If you are looking to decrease the energy consumption of your home for the upcoming winter season, this article is just for you! The average household spends over $2,000 on energy costs annually. A simple home energy audit can help identify how much energy you’re using and what improvements can make your home more energy efficient. ClearView Plumbing has set up the following guideline to get you started:
Check for air leaks.
Air leaks occur most often around window frames, baseboards, and electrical outlets as well as inside fireplace dampers, basements, and attics. Check these areas for cracks or holes, which when sealed by plugging or caulking can yield energy savings of 5% to 30%. The biggest leaks usually occur in the attic, so make sure to check there first. Duct leakage is also a big culprit in energy loss.
Look for hidden energy-draining sources.
The energy improvement with the quickest payback is to replace filters on heating and cooling systems. When you make these changes, you’ll see a reduction in your energy bill from 15% to 50%.
Examine the status of appliances.
If your appliances are more than 15 years old, it’s time for an upgrade. A great way to reduce your energy usage is to purchase energy-efficient appliances, which use 10% to 50% less energy than standard models. When buying an appliance, remember that it has two price tags: what you pay at the store and what you pay for the energy it uses. The money you save on your utility bills can more than make up for the cost of a more expensive yet more efficient model.
ClearView Plumbing and Heating is a Calgary-based company that can carry out an energy audit on your home. We will help you find energy saving solutions that will save you money in the long run.
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