6 Ways you can make your home energy efficient and save money in the long term

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By: tiarajoseph11
on 30th Jan,2013

However, you may have to replace the entire floor in order to install the best radiant heating.
6 Ways you can make your home energy efficient and save money in the long term

Do you want to make your home energy efficient but do not know how you can proceed or what you should look for?Here are 6 ways by following which you can make your home energy efficient and also save money in the long run.

  1. Install radiant heating - If you have come to know that severe cold waves are heating a major part of the nation this year, then the necessity of having a good heating system may be your concern. However, you may have to replace the entire floor in order to install the best radiant heating. This way, the heat gets dispersed across the floor and in an even manner making the house warm and comfortable during severe winter season. The best energy-efficient radiant heating is the one in which heated water is pumped from the boiler to the tubing that is laid under the floor. So, you can save a lot of energy if you go for such radiant heating system.
  2. Insulate your home properly - Proper insulation can help save a lot of energy and in turn, money, since it can prevent hot or cold air entering the house; so, your house will be relatively cooler during summers and warm during winters. So, if your house is old, then investing in proper insulation can be cost-effective in the long run. New types of insulating material have come into the market like spray foam, which insulates the home better.
  3. Check attic for any leak - It is a known phenomenon that warm air rises but rarely do we feel the need to check the attic for any leaks. In case of any leak in the attic, the warm air goes out and creates negative pressure inside the house. As a result, cold air from outside enters the house and thus you need to switch on the boiler for long time. So, check for any leakage in the top floor and seal it to make your home energy efficient.
  4. Repair HVAC if required - Do you know heating and cooling your home contributes to about half of your electricity bill? So, if your HVAC is old, replacing it is a better idea. Nowadays, you can get about 95% efficient systems, that is about 95% of fuel can be turned into making your home at your desired temperature.  However, if your HVAC system is new but still your electricity bill is relatively high, then repair it instead of replacing it, since installing a new HVAC is a costly affair.
  5. Check for leaks in siding - It has been found that air leaks happen mostly through the siding. So, you prevent your money from going out through the siding since air leaks out of the siding and more heat is required to make the house warm or cool. So, check for any leaks in the siding and get it properly sealed. If required, you can add foam insulation to prevent air leak from the siding.
  6. Replace windows if necessary - While considering the insulation and proper heating/cooling of the house, many a times the windows get unnoticed. However, to make an energy efficient home, the windows need to be proper. In the present times, new types of windows are available in the market which are double paned with a gas in between, thus making them more heat resistant. 

You might think that you need to invest a lot of money to make your home energy efficient, but calculate how much you can save in the long run. Most importantly, if you need to sell your house after a few years, you can get much better deal since your house is energy efficient.

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