Your monthly energy bill may seem like the cost of fuel has skyrocketed; you haven’t changed your usage but the amount you owe each month is increasing or higher than you think it should be. Sound familiar? While the cost of energy has fluctuated in recent years, the most common cause behind rising costs is actually your home.
As your home ages, the seals around windows or doors ay break down; the insulation levels in your attic may not be adequate; or your HVAC system may need some maintenance—all things that can contribute to a higher energy bill.
You can improve the energy consumption in your home (and thus, lowering your energy bill) by taking these steps:
Window & Door Repair (or Replacement)
If your home is 10 years old or older and the windows on your home are original, then they may be your primary concern for wasted energy. The seals around windows and doors can become cracked or just so worn from constant use that there is now a gap—where heated or cooled air can escape, causing your HVAC to work hard at heating or cooling. As time passes, manufacturing processes also improve, making newer doors and windows on the market far more energy efficient than the original ones installed on your home. If cost is your main concern, the first step will be repairing your current windows and doors rather than replacing them. Recalking around the windows and replacing the seal around the door frame are simple DIY tasks that are relatively inexpensive.
Insulation is installed in the walls, floors, and attics of Florida homes. It serves the purpose of regulating the temperature inside the home—keeping cool air in during the summer and warm air from escaping during the winter. If your energy bill has been slowly creeping up over the last few months, you may want to inspect the insulation in your attic. Over time it can break down or become compressed, leading it to be ineffective at what you need it to do. Replacing or adding insulation can help your home’s temperature well-regulated and lessen the work your HVAC system will have to do—meaning less energy is wasted or spent in compensating for the loss cool/heated air.
Install Skylights Or Solar Tubes
Some homes were built without much thought to taking advantage of natural lighting, causing the homeowner to turn on more lights for longer periods of time. More lights on means a higher energy bill. To bring natural light into the home and reduce energy expenses, investing in the installation of a skylight or solar tube can be economic in the long term.
See Where You Can Save With An Energy Audit
AcuSystem Inspections has an energy division! Not only do we provide inspection services for home buyers, sellers, and business owners, but we also provide an array of services to check where your home may be wasting energy and what you can do about it.
Our Energy Audits are the first step to identifying key areas throughout your home that could do with an energy improvement. Following the audit of your home, the energy auditor will provide you with an analysis of their findings along with list of energy efficient recommendations. Other energy services we offer include Blower Door Testing and HVAC Duct Leakage Testing.
Contact us today to initiate the process to recovering from energy waste and convert your home into an energy efficient (and economical) one!