How Could A Home Energy Audit Benefit Your Home?

You’d be surprised if you knew how much energy your Huntsville area home is wasting on a daily basis throughout the year . You’d also be happy to learn that you’re not powerless in dealing with an energy-wasting home. A home energy audit conducted by a certified professional will tell you exactly how much energy your home is wasting, as well as where it’s occurring and how to reduce the energy waste. The result will be lower energy bills and a more comfortable home. How Much Can You Save? The federal Energy Star program estimates you can save between 5 and 30 percent on energy bills after a professional home energy audit or assessment, providing you follow the technician’s recommendations. Usually, the suggested steps include relatively inexpensive improvements such as adding insulation and sealing air leaks. However, if you have old, leaky windows or doors, or outdated, energy-wasting HVAC equipment, there’s no sugar-coating it. Creating an airtight, energy-efficient home will require a significant investment. What Happens During a Home Energy Audit? The energy auditor will discuss your household energy use with you and ask to look at utility bills over an extended period of time. He or she will visually inspect health...

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Continue Saving Energy Into the Cooler Months With These Simple Tips

You probably worked hard all summer to keep your warm weather bills in check, and with cooler weather on its way to Trinity, it’s time to look into some ways to conserve energy for the heating season. Fall energy savings is a matter of preparing your home for colder weather, shorter days and more time spent indoors. These tips will help lower utility bills for real savings this winter.

Why Is Sealing and Insulation Important in the Summer Months?

Summer heat in Texas often sends residents running to the cool of air conditioning for comfort. Running air conditioning in an inefficient home, however, can result in large utility bills and reduced indoor air comfort. Improving your home’s sealing and insulation can decrease utility costs and provide optimal comfort. Sealing and insulation may be done by homeowners using the following steps: Locate Air Leaks The first step to improve your home’s sealing and insulation is to identify areas of air leakage. Some leaks will be easy to identify because you can feel the air moving. Other leaks may be found with a visual inspection. Take care to investigate the areas around common sources of air leaks: Crawl spaces Sill plates Top plates Duct registers throughout the home Attic hatches Recessed lighting Plumbing stack vents Dropped soffit Vent fans, commonly seen in kitchens and bathrooms Dryer vents Walls that are missing plaster Fireplace dampers Outdoor water spigots Moldings around doors, ceilings and baseboards Electrical plates including outlets and light switches Sealing Air Leaks The second step when updating your home’s sealing and insulation is to fill all openings with the appropriate material. The correct material to use to seal you home’s air leaks depends on the size and location of the...

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Follow the Energy Star to the Most Efficient HVAC Systems

As people become more and more aware of environmental concerns, the demand for change increases. To that end, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented the Energy Star program. The purpose of the program is to spread awareness about the benefits of “going green” and to make it easy for consumers to find eco-friendly products and appliances. Since its inception back in the ’90s, the program has been a huge success, helping to significantly lower the global carbon footprint. But the EPA didn’t stop there. To distinguish products that are vastly superior in terms of energy efficiency, the Energy Star Most Efficient program was created. Find out how an Energy Star Most Efficient HVAC system is the cleanest and greenest energy-saving machine. How Appliances Qualify for the Most Efficient Program Those that have earned the Most Efficient label have undergone rigorous testing designed by the EPA. This testing determines the best from the rest. For any product to qualify it must first meet the most recent set of standards issued by the Energy Star program. Most Efficient products are then put through further testing to ensure they are worthy of the exalted title. Of course, installing such an exceptional appliance...

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Carbon Monoxide – What Homeowners Need to Know

During the winter months, the dangers of carbon monoxide are a very real threat to homeowners. Known as the “silent killer”, the potentially deadly gas has no color, no smell, no taste and makes no sound when it leaks into a home. Many people who are exposed to carbon monoxide do not realize they are being poisoned, as at low doses, the gas causes symptoms similar to the flu. Learning how to prevent a carbon monoxide leak and understanding the the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning could help avoid deadly consequences. Where Carbon Monoxide Comes From Carbon monoxide is a gas that is a byproduct of the combustion of natural gas, propane, gasoline, kerosene, wood, coal, and charcoal. In most homes, the focus of concern is a natural gas furnace. Incomplete combustion of the gas is one way that carbon monoxide can infiltrate a house. Another way is due to improper ventilation of the furnace. A blockage in the furnace flue or chimney vent prevents the gas from getting out of the home. Because most homes are tightly sealed during the winter months, carbon monoxide poisoning events are most common during this time of the year. Other common causes of...

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