5 Ways to Save Money on Energy in an Older Home

Older homes have a historic beauty found throughout Wisconsin. Here in Southeastern Wisconsin, many older homes are large, beautiful and 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 have put together these five energy saving tips for older homes to help you.

Get an Energy Audit

A home energy audit can help find the cracks and problem areas that are causing your energy losses. 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 S & E Insulation. We do not do them ourselves, but we work with many auditors in the area and would be happy to provide a qualified recommendation for you.

Upgrade to Energy Efficient Lighting

Lighting accounts for about 20% of the average home’s electric bill. Remove old lighting and purchase new energy efficient bulbs. LEDs use up to 80% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. This means that just upgrading the light bulbs in your home can cause a significant savings on your energy bill.

Replace Drafty Doors and Windows

A drafty window or door impairs your home's ability to maintain heat or air conditioning. Check windows and doors for cracks and drafts. 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.

Improve Your Water Usage

Heating water accounts for up to 11 percent of our utility bills and if your home has an old water heater, most likely that cost is 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.

Upgrade Insulation in Attic

Most of your heat loss is through the attic of your home. Older insulation that has been in place for years is no longer suitable for your home. Over the years, the attic insulation will have lost its ability to conserve heat and your home is leaking energy right through the roof. Newer products on the market now last much longer and can be installed by the S & E Expert Installers. Upgrading the insulation in your attic will bring one of the most significant energy savings to your home.