Homeowners Guide: 6 Things You Can Do to Save Energy

|| March 30, 2018
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Saving energy at home is easy to do yourself, be it for saving money on your monthly bills or saving the world one insulated water pipe at a time. Many energy-saving tactics can be done yourself with a few basic materials and little DIY huffing and puffing.  

Here are 6 Things You Can Do to Save Energy at Home:

Insulate hot water pipes

Hot water pipes are carrying a ton of heat, so it only makes sense that we should insulate them. Whether your pipes are thinly insulated, or you are making plans to insulate them, opt for pipe insulation that is at least an inch thicker than you thought necessary. This coating will keep pipes hot and efficient as they distribute water throughout your home.  

Block the soffits

If your attic soffits are not sealed, this is a great place to start saving energy at home. Vented soffits comprise the ends of the eaves running through your attic, delivering air into the smaller, elevated space. Sealing the soffits helps control the flow of air and keep too much heat from escaping. Block your soffits by installing a rough cut foam block between wall’s top plate and the trusses, then rest the top edge against its proper vent so that air isn’t flying about aimlessly. Finish by sealing the vent with foam.

Block cantilevered overhangs

Between the first and second floors of the home, there is usually an overhang that spans a foot or two off either edge of the first floor. All of that overhang space allows air to quickly leave the second floor. Covering the overhang area will keep the heat from escaping. Wrap foam sealant around the overhang to seal the area and keep heat and energy from escaping.

Seal the top of the chimney frame

Is the top of your chimney open? An open chimney is a common design in houses across the country because it allows for a pleasing interior wooden frame design. However, that open top lets air out of the house, resulting in heat loss and significant energy waste. By using light gauge aluminum and high temp silicone caulk, you can seal the cap of the chimney frame. Keeping warm air in the house is a good way to respect the environment, save money and keep your house nice and toasty while winter overstays its welcome.  

Insulate and seal sill plate

Insulate the sill plate and band joist with closed cell spray foam or foam insulation blocks. Insulation helps reduce radiant heat loss while keeping water pipes warmer, minimizing the used of additional energy for heat. Insulating and sealing the sills is important because the sills are only a couple inches thick and rarely insulated, which makes them a weak point in the house and big contributor to heat loss and waste.  

Invest in energy efficient real estate

If you are searching for a new neighborhood or home and you want to remain conscious of energy use and waste, opt for purchasing or renting new real estate that is energy efficient. As real estate shoppers prioritize energy efficiency, the demand for smart homes and neighborhood increases, creating a trend toward smarter uses of home energy into the future.

If you are not feeling totally confident in your DIY insulation skills, give us a shout at Green Attic. Our team can take a once-over of your home, determine where heat and energy are being lost and get your house up to energy-saving snuff with a few simple hands-on fixes.