Warm and Cozy: Getting a Home Energy Upgrade

All of us want our home to be as warm and cozy as possible but it is often a balancing act as we try to keep our energy bills under control.

Getting a home energy upgrade to make it more energy efficient, will allow you a great chance to enjoy the best of both worlds as it will cost you less to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Here is a look at some of the things you may need to look at and questions that need to be asked in order to get the best out of your home energy options.

Getting started

Before you are able to make the changes needed to improve the energy efficiency of your home, you will need to get an energy efficiency audit done so that you know where you stand and what needs to change or be addressed.

Invite a qualified energy inspector to your property and they will determine where improvements can be made in your energy efficiency and give you some valuable pointers to which parts of your property need attention to boost your efficiency performance.

Keep heat in and cold out

A simple goal, but one that is key to achieving good energy efficiency in your home.

Plugging leaks that allow cold air to enter your home and using insulation top keep as much heat in as possible is really not rocket science and so many houses could make instant savings with just a few basic measures.

About half of all homes in the US are believed to have insufficient insulation. Adding the right amount of insulation will help to keep your home more comfortable all year round and will save you money on your energy bills.

Choice of heating fuel

Electricity, oil, natural gas and propane are your four basic choices of heating fuel and which type you use may depend on where your home is located and what type of heating system you have installed.

If you need to upgrade your heating system through someone like Allstar, your chosen installer can give you advice and information on the different systems and their running costs and energy efficiency ratings.

Propane is generally viewed as a clean fuel but can be expensive, oil prices have been very high but have dropped more recently and about a third of US homes currently rely on electricity as their primary heating source.

Natural gas should work out to be the cheapest of all the heating fuels available and prices have stayed relatively stable for quite a number of years, which helps with fuel bill budgeting.

Thermostats make a difference

An excellent way of cutting your energy costs is to install a programmable thermostat. It is estimated that by using a thermostat in your home, you could shave about 10% off your heating bills, which means that the cost of installing them is a no-brainer, as you should get your money back within a few months of extra savings.

Other ideas to consider include replacing your old windows with more energy-efficient versions and also consider upgrading to energy-efficient doors as well. Getting a home energy upgrade will bring a smile to your face, when you find out how much you have lowered your bills by but still feel warm and cozy.

Helen R. Marlowe works as a home energy consultant. She likes to write about the things that work best for her. Look for her posts on many DIY and energy blog sites.

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