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Energy Savings Tips

Sometimes it can be the small things that make a difference when it comes to conserving energy in your home. We have gathered some helpful information as you begin to make decisions to make your home more energy efficient.

For an individual home energy evaluation and to inquire about Jim Godbout's Building Envelope services, please contact us today.

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Considering Alternate Heat Sources? READ THIS
Today's economy has many homeowners entertaining the thought of converting their existing heating systems over to the latest alternative sources such as Geothermal and Solar Heating. Geothermal is a great option to heat and cool your new home but it can be expensive when retro-fitting to an existing home system. This source does allow you to become almost self-sufficient when it comes to heating and cooling your home, but keep in mind that your return on this investment will be years down the road. (Retro-fitting a Geothermal system into an existing home starts at approx. $30k)

So, be sure to investigate your pricing and figure out your ROI to see if the benefits really out-weigh the expense.

With this in mind and as the price of heating fuel soars, here are a few common things you can do in your own home to help to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible:

Proper Insulation
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of a properly insulated home. The "Building Envelope" is the very first thing to consider when making your home more energy efficient.

Here are a few things that every homeowner can look at:

energy savingsAttic Space: Just as you need to wear a hat in the winter to keep your body warm it is just as important to make sure the "cap" of your home is dressed properly. By simply looking into your attic space you should be able to see how much insulation you have. You want to make sure you have at least 12 inches of fiberglass insulation. A great way to add to your insulation value in this tight space is to have cellulose insulation blown in to provide additional protection.

Windows: Windows can be a major source of heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Properly selected and installed windows can help minimize your home's heating and cooling costs. Install storm windows on single-paned windows. Sealing and weather stripping your doors and windows will also prevent heat from escaping this winter. For more tips on insulating, caulking and weather stripping click here.

Foundation: The portion of your foundation which sits above ground level can also be insulated.

Sill Plate: When a home is built there is a layer of insulation material place between the framing and the foundation. Over time this might break down. You can prevent air leaks in this area by simply using a spray foam insulation along the sill plate in your basement.

Vents: Be sure to select air vents that include a flap to seal the cold weather from sneaking in during the winter months.

Thermostats: Use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature when you are not home and at night.

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Other General Tips:

Lower the temperature on your water heater. It should be set at "warm," so that a thermometer held under running water reads no more than 120 degrees.

Only heat or cool the rooms you need - close vents and doors of unused rooms.

Switch to cold water when washing laundry, and select energy-efficient washing machines (look for the Energy Star symbol).

Approximately 15 percent of an average home energy bill goes to heating water. To save hot water, take five-minute showers instead of baths. Do only full loads when using the washing machine or dishwasher.

Insulate your water tank.

Open the window shades on the south, east and west windows during the winter to let the sun provide additional heat naturally for your home.

For an individual home energy evaluation and to inquire about Jim Godbout's Building Envelope services, please contact us today.

Energy Star

 

Visit EnergyStar.gov For more ways you can improve your home's energy use and learn how to measure your home's performance.

 


Jim Godbout Plumbing & Heating
48 Elm Street
P.O. Box 365
Biddeford, Maine 04005
Phone: 207-283-1200
Email: jim@jimgodbout.com

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