Everyone is talking about “going green” these days, but the new energy technologies in development will not be available or affordable for the average homeowner anytime in the near future. As we wait for alternative energy sources to come to market, our best defense against the current energy crises is to conserve our resources by making our homes as efficient as possible. More and more contractors are offering affordable energy saving solutions that can be implemented immediately, using traditional, proven methods in combination with the newest technologies on the market today. Further cost savings can be realized with utility company and tax rebates.
Attic Ventilation, Air Sealing & Insulation
The greatest amount of heat loss in a home occurs out of the attic. Having your attic properly ventilated, air sealed & insulated with an approximate R-49 value of insulation (as recommended in New England), is the most cost effective measure you can take to reduce your heating bills and carbon footprint. A qualified contractor can evaluate your current ventilation, air sealing & attic insulation, make recommendations and install the most appropriate products to best minimize your energy loss. Wall & floor insulation should be evaluated as well. Recommended products:
Insulation – Fiberglass, Blown-In Cellulose, Expanding Foam & more
Attic Ventilation – Soffit Vents, Proper Vents, Ridge Vents, Gable Vents, Mushroom Vents & more
Window & Door Air Sealing
Small drafts can add up to a big difference in the overall comfort and heat or air conditioning loss in your home. If you plan on keeping your existing windows & doors, have your home systematically checked for drafts and then implement recommended air sealing methods to help reduce any unnecessary heat or air conditioning loss.