Cracks and Crevices – Your home loses a lot of energy through cracks in your building envelop. Caulking around your windows, doors, plumbing pipes, and HVAC ducts will save a ton of money and reduce your carbon footprint. Adding weather striping and door sweeps will tighten the area around your doors. Sealing and caulking is the cornerstone of weatherizing your home.
11. What is the standard ceiling insulation materials R value? The building code calls for a minimum of R40, but do you really want the minimum or to work with a company that builds to the lowest levels? R50 – R 60 is more appropriate and the cost of this upgrade is minimal and the energy savings realized should pay for the upgrade in a couple of years.
Heat pumps have an advantage over all other forms of heating such as gas, oil, coal, log burners, open fires and electricity in that they do not need heating elements to produce heat. These all burn energy to create heat with varying degrees of efficiency. Heat pumps only require enough power to run the heat transfer and warm air distribution process.
WINTER-PROOF YOUR HOME. Winter-proofing your home can save you loads on your heating bill. Begin by covering up your windows with plastic instillation. Use a hair dryer to shrink the plastic so it’s secure. This will help to keep drafts from entering through old windows. You can loose a lot of heat through the bottom of outside doors. Shove a towel or blanket along the floor against the door to keep out the cold air. Leave bedroom doors closed to help keep the spaces that you spend the most time, such as the living room, the warmest.
Creating a budget is the best place to start. Make a list of all monthly income and expenditures. Make sure to include income you may normally forget, such as income from interest and rental properties. Your income should be at least as much as your expenditures.
The radiant barrier roof decking product is made using a process that laminates a thin, yet durable, sheet of aluminum foil to the surface of OSB board. When the sun strikes a roof, the radiant energy from the sun heats the roof and that heat radiates into the attic.
I will look forward to returning to this home someday, dodging a few more foam darts, and speaking to the homeowners about the results of their energy saving retrofits and repairs. My guess is the old power bill will be a little lower and the home a little more comfortable.