Friday, September 1, 2017

Don't Shoot The Messenger But You're Home Isn't Working


Okay, let’s clear something up straight away. When we say your home isn’t working, what we mean is your home isn’t working as well as it could. This isn’t a dig at you. It couldn’t possibly be. What could we possibly have against you (unless you are a Raiders fan, in which case we have something against you)? No. The reason we’re saying you home isn’t working is because only a minority of homeowners bother to make their home more energy-efficient, even though the tips, tricks and techniques are all out there. That means your home is leaking energy and money, both of which would back up our argument.

That is where we come in because we have come up with a list of simple things you can do this week that will make your home more energy efficient and your bank account a happier place to visit. So, let’s get on with it shall we?

How Low-Flow Can You Go

(We’re so proud of that little subheading we had to say something.) Anyway, by putting a low-flow showerhead in your home, you will drastically reduce your water consumption. In fact, you will reduce your water flow from 5 gallons per minute to 1.5 gallons per minute, which means you can either revel in your incredible water-efficiency or you can shower for twice as long. Your call.

Seal It All Up

Your windows probably aren’t working. We know we said your home wasn’t working, but part of that is because of your windows. That is why we recommend you go the extra mile and seal up any air leaks around them. This can be done by using a strip of silicone caulk, or by weather stripping (whatever that means), or even applying shrink wrap film to your windows. Yup, you heard us right; shrink wrap. Do this and your home will be much better at containing heat and/or cool air, depending on what season we’re in.

Bye-Bye Boiler System

Okay, maybe bye-bye is a little strong because you could just as easily go down the furnace repair route. Either way, the point is you should consider repairing your furnace-slash-boiler system if you want to ramp up your home’s efficiency because just normal wear and tear can have your system working overtime just to deliver an average performance. What’s more, the longer you leave your system fighting against the odds the worse it will get until it eventually becomes irreparable and, well, that can cost you a pretty penny.

Let There Be Light

So long as that light isn’t emitted from incandescent light bulbs, which are the scorn of the energy-saving world. Luckily, your options may not be so far and wide for much longer as 100-watt, 75-watt, 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs have all been phased out of production. Not only is this good for your wallet, it is good for the environment too. So, instead of fighting an unwinnable war, why not do yourself - and everyone on planet earth - a favour by choosing to go with either a halogen, CFL or LED bulb instead.


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