We should always be thinking of ways to make our homes more energy efficient, not only for the sake of the environment but also to save on our energy bills each month. More often I’m seeing builders offering energy-efficient packages and upgrades. I’m also seeing more homeowners choosing renovations to increase the performance or their homes. But if you aren’t buying a new home or planning a renovation, there are still things you can do to make your home more energy efficient.
The changes don’t have to be significant; you can start small and move to bigger upgrades when you plan for larger renovations. But for now, looking at small and simple upgrades to your home can make a big difference to your energy consumption.
1. Start From the Outside
The average home loses about 30 per cent of its heat because of air leakage, and that means your furnace will be working overtime to compensate. That’s a lot of energy loss. Making sure your house is protected from the outside elements is simple enough to do. Check around your windows and doors – do you feel any drafts? Notice any worn or weathered caulking? If so, replace it with rubberized caulking – it lasts longer and is flexible, so it will expand and contract with the home. Heat loss in the winter also means cold air loss in the summer, which will have your air conditioner working hard. Replacing caulking and weatherstripping is a quick job that will make a big difference to making your home more energy efficient. I use low expansion foam for weather sealing and insulation for doors, windows, gaps and cracks.