It can seem like a daunting task, figuring out how to lower heating bills and cooling bills for your home on a monthly basis when you’re starting from square one. But believe it or not, it’s now easier than ever to determine how to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Here are 6 steps you can take to help improve how your home consumes energy.
- Replace all halogen and incandescent light bulbs. At this point, with the improvements in light technology, there’s really no excuse to stick with traditional light bulbs. We no longer have to rely on yellowish-green-tinged compact fluorescent bulbs; there are natural shades of light available, and they can save an enormous amount of energy.
- Replace your traditional insulation with spray foam insulation and seal your home. Spray foam insulation like Icynene can create an air barrier wherever it is applied in your home, thanks to its ability to expand nearly 100 times its original size within seconds of application. Sealing your home can help reduce the air loss your home experiences, which can be a contributing factor in higher monthly heating and cooling bills.
- Pay attention to when energy consumption is cheapest in your municipality. Not all municipalities practice this energy cycling, but if yours does, waiting to put in loads of laundry or dishes until the cost is lower can make a huge difference in your monthly bills.
- Create more shaded areas near your home. Planting trees that reduce the amount of sun hitting your home in the warmer months and snow and wind hitting your home in the colder months can make a difference in how hard your HVAC unit needs to work to achieve your desired temperature.
- “Right-size” your HVAC unit, if possible. Once you’ve updated your insulation with Icynene spray foam, it’s possible that your heating and cooling system may be bigger than what your home now needs. Sizing down those units can help to optimize your home’s energy efficiency.
- Get an energy audit done of your home. If you feel like there is more that could be done to increase your home’s energy efficiency, but aren’t sure what else you could be doing, have a professional come to your home to assess. That way you’ll be getting advice about your specific home and energy situation, rather than guessing what the best course of action is.
Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area to find out more reasons to choose Icynene.