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5 Ways to Reduce Energy Costs in an Older Home

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Despite their age, older homes can be large, beautiful and charming. But let's face it-they can affect your pocket when it comes to energy bills. So, how do you reduce some of these energy costs to save money and reduce your carbon footprint? Our S & E Insulation Experts recommend these five energy saving tips for owners of older homes.

There are many simple updates you can do to save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

#1: Get an Energy Audit

A home energy audit can help find the cracks and problem areas that are causing energy loss. Sealing these areas and determining if new or more insulation is needed is critical in retaining winter heat and summer air conditioning. To get an energy audit, – contact us. While we do not do energy audits ourselves, we work with many auditors in the area and would be happy to provide a qualified recommendation for you.

#2: Upgrade to Energy Efficient Lighting

Lighting can account for up to 20% of your home’s electric bill. By removing old lighting and purchasing new energy efficient LED bulbs, you’ll use 80% less energy. Furthermore, LED bulbs can last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. The simple task of upgrading the light bulbs in your home can cause a significant savings on your energy bill.

#3: Replace Drafty Doors and Windows

A drafty window or door impairs your home’s ability to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. By checking windows and doors for cracks and drafts, you can quickly tell if your home is in need of replacements. For example, in basements, one way to know if your windows are leaking air is to check for spider webs in the window sills. If they exist, most likely that area is not sealed well. Today’s energy efficient windows and doors can drastically improve your home’s energy efficiency and while still matching the style of your home.

#4: Improve Your Water Usage

Heating water can account for up to 11% of your utility bills and if your home has an old water heater, that cost is likely much higher. Switching it out for a new energy efficient water heater can improve the cost of heating your water and reduce your energy bill.

#5: Upgrade Insulation in Attic

The most common source of heat loss is through the attic. Older insulation that has been in place for years may no longer be effective, as it loses the ability to conserve heat over time. The insulation products S & E Insulation uses last much longer and can be installed by our expert installers. Upgrading the insulation in your attic will bring one of the most significant energy savings to your home.

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