START WITH AN ENERGY EVALUATION
Completing a home or building energy assessment, also known as an energy audit or review, is a wise first step in determining how energy is used in your home or building. The energy audit will identify the specific steps you should take to make the building more energy efficient. The evaluation might include a walk-through check-up or inspection, use of an infrared camera, a blower door, or other techniques to reveal the most effective approaches to upgrading your home or building.
HOW WE USE ENERGY IN OUR HOMES
Below are the most commonly recommended measures from a home energy evaluation that can help you save energy and save money—resulting in a better, more efficient, and more comfortable building.
- Seal air leaks around floors, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, and fireplaces with caulk, spray foam, and weather stripping. During the summer and out of your home during the winter, warm air will waste a lot of your energy dollars.
- Add insulation to the attic, crawl space or basement, and exterior walls in conjunction with air sealing to help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Increasing the insulation of your home is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways of reducing energy waste.
- Install more energy efficient windows, doors, and skylights by looking for ENERGY STAR products and install storm windows and doors to save energy and improve the comfort of your home or building. Air passes through every hole and crack into and out of your house. Approximately 20 percent of this air penetrate the windows, doors, and skylights through openings. Storm windows alone can reduce heat loss by 25% to 50% through walls.
- Install and set programmable thermostats that save energy by automatically regulating your home or building’s temperature when you are home, asleep, or away. By simply turning your thermostat back 10% to 15% for 8 hours, you can save up to 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills.
- Seal ducts and make sure they are straight and properly connected. Most duct systems are not adequately sealed or have gaps or holes in which air will pass. If your ducts are not sealed and pass through unheated spaces such as an attic or crawl room, you will lose up to 60% of your heated air before it hits the register.
- Tune-up or upgrade heating and cooling systems. Your home’s heating and cooling uses more energy than any other home system. Generally, heating and cooling accounts for 43 percent of a home utility bill. Through integrating proper maintenance and upgrades with sufficient insulation, air sealing and thermostat settings, you will reduce your heating and cooling energy consumption from 20% to 50%.
- Install an energy-efficient hot water heater, such as an energy-efficient tank water heater or an on-demand tankless water heater. Water heating is your home’s third largest energy expenditure, generally accounting for about 12% of your utility bill.
- Install thermostatic control valves in your shower, which shut off the shower once the water turns warm, saving hot water and energy until you are ready to enter the shower.
- Upgrade household appliances and electronics to ENERGY STAR or ENERGY STAR Most Efficient qualified products. Appliances account for about 15 percent of the energy consumption of your home, including top-of – the-consumption refrigerators, laundry washers and clothes dryers.
- Install energy efficient lighting by choosing ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs and lighting fixtures for the most used fixtures or light bulbs in your home or building. An average household spends 11% of its energy budget on lighting. The use of new lighting technologies will minimize the energy consumption of lighting in your home by 50 to 75%.
Ready for Your Home Energy Audit?
At Frontline Electrical Services we love helping our customers feel safe and secure in their homes. To have your home’s wiring checked or to receive your free home energy consult and you are in the Benicia, Walnut Creek or Fairfield, California or surrounding areas, contact us today at 800-945-0268 (here is a map to our location) and we’ll have one of our certified specialist analyze your electricity usage and give you the information you need to make sure your home is the most energy-efficient it can be!