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19 Dec 2019

Designing your Home to be Energy-Efficient

For any homeowner struggling to pay for their mortgage and keep up the home, one of the most costly expenses is energy. It also doesn’t need to be as expensive as it is. There are many ways that you can decrease the cost of power. The topics of energy and how it relates to politics is divisive and controversial, but everyone wants to save money on their energy bills. Few people want to waste energy. With so many opportunities to cut down on your energy use and bills, it is possible save a lot of money and do your part to live in a more sustainable world.

Start with Heating

The most expensive energy usage in the home is heating. Space heating makes up about 40 percent of the energy that is used in your home. If it is not working as efficiently as it should, you could be wasting up to half of the energy. This is the area that you can really cut down on, especially if you live in a cold climate. A lot of factors affect the amount of energy your heaters use, everything from the distance of pipes to the insulation of the walls make an impact on the price of heating and the same goes for cooling.


While you probably can’t renovate the whole home to make the building more insulated, you can make some decent changes to maximize the efficiency of your heater. According to the site MoneyPug, which is a platform to find best mortgage deals, roofing insulation should be installed in order to reduce the heat gain from roofing material. Wall cavity insulation around stud frames and within solid walls can help save a lot of energy. Up to 20 percent of the air getting out comes from heating and cooling. Insulation in the floor can manage the temperature, retaining warmth and reduce the effort required from the heater.

Windows & Doors

Believe it or not windows and doors matter. A lot of air can leave through the cracks, letting out heat and cool air. Seeing to it that your windows and doors are as insulated as possible will ensure that air stays in and you use less energy heating or cooling the house. For your windows, you should see if there is a thin glass film installed over it. This glaze will reduce the amount of power you use by keeping air in and out. The right frames for your climate can reduce he energy used on appliances that control your inside temperatures like heaters and air conditioners.

Even your blinds, curtains, and drapes make a difference. The color of your blinds should reflect heat in the summer and attract heat in the winter. Curtains should be thick in the winter and thin in the summer. Ventilation in the warm months can help you avoid air conditioning.


Another thing you should do is make sure that your appliances are working correctly. The refrigerator should seal tightly so that the cold air doesn’t leave. If there is ice building up in the freezer, it will work hard to freeze the food inside. Switching off the microwave will save a lot of power. You should always turn off appliances instead of putting them on standby.

Water Heater

Finally your water heater also uses a lot of energy. Even the showerhead affects it. You should get a low-flow showerhead that uses approximately half the water that conventional showerheads do. This system should be a high-quality product. It’s an investment that will save you lots of money when it comes to how much heat you use to warm the water. It will also decrease the amount of greenhouse emissions. If your water pipes are long, it will take more energy to keep the water hot. You should think about the distance of your water heater. You can always move it.

However big your house is, there are a lot ways to increase your energy efficiency. Not only will it save you a lot money, you will be doing your part to use less energy and cut down on the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. We all need to change our ways, and we can get started by cutting down on our o
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