Energy Loss and How to Resolve It
Energy loss refers to the amount of energy, especially heat, which is lost through weaknesses in the floors, windows, doors, and roof of your home. Energy loss can cost you hundreds of dollars each year. There are ways to resolve energy loss, however, that every homeowner should be aware of.
Tips for Resolving Energy Loss in Your Home
Inspect Your Property
The best way to find out where your energy leeks are is to do an inspection. You will need to close all of the doors and windows in your home, as well as the fireplace flue if you have one, and shut off any gas appliances. Once everything is closed, turn on fans (ceiling fans, floor fans, and exhaust fans) and then search around your home for air leaks. All you have to do is run your hand along window and door frames as well as near outlets, faucets, corners, and any cracks. You should be able to feel a draft where any air might be leaking.
Hint: To make your hand more sensitive to the small drafts, dampen your hand with some water. The air will feel colder and more noticeable.
Unless you have experience, it might be best to hire a professional to inspect your roof if it is older than 10 years or has been subject to harsh weather. As much as 45% of home energy loss occurs through the roof.
Repair and Replace
- Especially if you are noticing air leaks in particular areas, it may be time to repair or replace the caulking around your windows.
- When you are inspecting your home for air leaks, check the condition of your insulation as well. If you notice blown insulation or major tears or holes you will want to fill in or replace it.
- Make sure all filters are clean and changed regularly to increase the efficiency of your air conditioning unit.
- If your roof is damaged, old, or needs to be updated, look at new energy efficient options to help prevent energy loss.
Be Energy Efficient
- There are a number of ways that you can conserve energy in your home. Being energy efficient can greatly lessen your home’s energy loss.
- Along with the insulation inside your walls and ceilings, you can add another layer of insulation by covering bare floors and windows. Rugs and curtains add a lot of extra insulation to help resolve energy loss in your home.
- Replacing your light bulbs with more efficient compact florescent or LED bulbs is an easy way to conserve energy. Energy efficient bulbs use up to 60% less energy.
- Energy efficient appliances are an excellent way to conserve energy and resolve the energy loss in your home. Replacing your old appliances with new Energy Star appliances will make a huge difference in the amount of energy you use.
Energy loss can cost you money and is harmful to the environment, but you can do something about it. With a simple inspection and a few easy updates, you can help to resolve energy loss in your home.