Building an energy-efficient is an ongoing commitment. And in many cases, a single project or adjustment isn’t enough to make a significant impact. It is necessary to implement energy-saving measures every way you can, so you can experience a bigger reduction in the total energy use of your household for the long term. This is called the “whole house approach.”
Fortunately, homeowners today can choose from a wide range of solutions to reduce their energy use. Those who are still in the process of building their home can invest in the installation of a more energy-efficient energy source for their HVAC equipment. Those who have existing properties may still upgrade or switch to a more sustainable system with the help of a contractor skilled in energy efficiency solutions. Choosing appliances with high energy standard ratings—or implementing simple lifestyle adjustments such as making it a habit to switch off lights and electronics when not in use—can all contribute to building a more sustainable home.
Needless to say, it’s more practical to prioritize the measures that will make the biggest impact first, such as improving the insulation and ventilation in your attic. According to statistics, poor attic insulation is one of the biggest reasons behind excessive energy consumption and high power bills among the residential sector.
It’s important to have your attic inspected regularly. You can do this by yourself; the authority websites Energy Star publishes helpful tutorials and has also launched a campaign called Rule Your Attic to teach consumers how to measure the level of insulation that their attic needs. For a more accurate assessment, you may hire a professional heating and cooling contractor to carry out the inspection. The assessment may be included in a comprehensive home audit, which will give you helpful information not only on the state of your attic, but also on the overall energy performance of your home and how you can make improvements on your energy use and the safety and health level of your indoor environment.
When you invest in proper air sealing and insulation, you ensure that excess warm air in the attic during the summer can be expelled efficiently and trapped moisture during the cooler months can be avoided. The result: Your heating and cooling systems don’t have to work so hard (which would consume more energy). Your home becomes a more comfortable and healthier living space, thanks to a more consistent and stable indoor air temperature. Your energy consumption is greatly reduced, resulting in lower utility costs and fewer carbon emissions from your household.