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Energy Efficiency Solutions: Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 @ 04:59 PM

Does Your Home Have A 'Window' Open All Year 'Round?

At H&H Plumbing & Heating, it's a high priority to provide information to homeowners in Greenville, Rcokford, and Cedar Springs about steps they can take themselves to improve the energy efficiency or comfort of their home. Our goal in this article is simple: help you make insulating and weatherizing your home as easy as possible. Why..., up to 30% is there for the savings; plus the improvement in comfort. Michigan Winters are cold; and after last summer, they can be pretty hot!

Remember to make sure that your heating and cooling system is producing heat and keeping things cool efficiently as possible. When was the last time you had a furnace or air conditioner tuned up? This shouldn't be overlooked.

Before you can stop losing $$money on your utility bill, you need to figure out where it's going... Think of tipping you house over like a boat and then put it in water. Where ever water starts leaking in, plug the leak!

AirLeaksinAHomePick the easier projects that pay for themselves quickly. Fix the biggest holes in your home. Make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.

It's Worth It! We think fixing the problems and living in a comfortable, safe, and more energy-efficient home is well worth it. You may be able to reclaimed entire rooms in my home that were so uncomfortable they were useless for months; whether you 'Do-It-Yourself' or have us install products like high-performance replacement windows.

Most homeowners don't even think about it. Remember, just because you aren't aware of the problems doesn't mean they aren't subtracting from your wallet; and your comfort.

The reason for this is homeowners don't understand the level of benefit; it's about saving money on your home energy bills and improving the overall comfort of your home. Home energy audits provide you with an in-depth look at how your house works, where its losing energy. Then you'll know where to start to fix the problems.

Getting Started
The single most important thing you can do to save money on your energy bills is locating air leaks in your home and fixing them. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates up to 30% of your heat or air conditioning is lost through air leaks.

Even if you are not ready to hire a home energy auditor, you can always take a shot at it yourself. True, you won't have all of the fancy gadgets and scientific data, but you can do a pretty good job yourself.

If you are determined to save money, you're going to explore every room in your home especially the attic, basement and crawlspaces searching for ways to save money. You Sherlockbecome a little like 'Sherlock Holmes'.

While you're inspecting your home, take notes on the opportunities you discover. Make a list of the projects you plan to do and a materials list so you can get all of your shopping done at once.

Finding air leaks can be a bit tricky, but the tools of the trade couldn't be simpler. You'll need a flashlight, a few incense sticks and a pen and paper or you can get fancy and buy a laser thermometer. It's always best to check for air leaks on a windy winter day because it's easier to feel the cold air rushing in. But some of the air leaks are so big you can do this anytime.

Take the lit incense stick and run it along the most common places for air leaks. Shine the flashlight on the smoke and watch for the smoke to start swirling around. If there is no air moving the smoke will drift up in an almost straight line. Any place where the smoke blows sideways or swirls immediately is an air leak. Write it down or put a piece of blue painters tape next to the leak for later.

A blustery Winter day is a great time to check for leaks. However, with visual inspection, you can see potential problem areas.

Hope This Helps.

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