Let’s Start from the Top—Your Roof
If you’re up for an adventure, climb a ladder and take a look at your roof for potential problems. Some common roofing issues to look out for include:
- Loose Shingles
- Chimney Damage
- Visible Nails
Gutters Are Your Friends Too
Clean your gutters of debris frequently so that they do what they are supposed to; keep the water away from your home. And if you want to put that rain water to use, install rain barrels to your gutters. Rain barrels capture the rain so that you can use it for watering your lawn or garden.
As water bills continue to increase, you will be sitting pretty knowing you are using free water to spruce up your lawn. There is no better cost savings than free!
Schedule a tune-up; let the professionals tune-up your gutter and win with lower water bills when you add a rain barrel (or two).
The Always Forgotten Attic
To go along with your roof inspection, you’ll want to ensure the attic is assessed as well.
Many attics, especially those in older homes, have very poor insulation—another culprit letting the cool air leak out of your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, adding insulation to even a new home can pay for itself within a few years.
If you aren’t ready to go all in with the insulation, inspect the attic yourself. Once you’ve managed to make your way through the treasures of Christmas past, be sure to check your attic for water damage, stuctural cracks, and mold, which can all be early warning signs of a bigger problem.
A little maintenance and attention now can mean big savings in the future. So venture into the uknown. Explore what lies in the depths of your long-forgotten attic. It could cost you if you don’t!
Windows—The Light of the Home
Aside from the roof and attic, windows are another important and potentialy problematic area in your home. They add to the aesthetic of a home’s interior yet can also be extremely costly when it comes to loss of energy dollars. According to Arocon, “more than 20 percent of the heating and cooling losses in the average home can be blamed on windows.” Imagine all of the windows in your home letting cool air escape, like money flowing out of your pocket, while your air conditioner works harder to compensate.
Many windows don’t need to be completely re-installed but just maintained. Getting window maintenance will extend the life of your windows at a lower cost to you.
In the meantime, check your windows for water damage and cracks along the frame. Run your hands along the frame, making sure you can’t feel any air coming through. Next, try to jiggle the rail along the lower part of your window. Rattling or movement may mean that there are major air leaks in the window.
To help keep your home cooler this summer add window treatments or heavy duty shades and keep the shades closed when no one is home.
The Key to Great Curb Appeal-Your Siding
We all want our house to have curb appeal, especially during the summer months as we spend most of our time enjoying time outside with friends and family. Another external feature of our home that can take away from curb appeal and energy efficiency is siding.
Siding makes up the majority of the outside of your home and therefore takes a lot of damage from the weather.
Check your siding for warping, mold, algae, and loose tiles. Siding that has already warped will buckle further in high temperatures so catch the problems early to prevent further damage.
Get a professional inspection and siding tune-up to make your house sparkle all summer long.
Make Energy Saving a Habit
Although maintaining the exterior of your home is important for energy efficiency, there are a few other steps that you and your family can take this summer and all year long to maximize savings:
- Use energy efficient bulbs
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room
- Manage your thermostat closely, and let the house stay warmer while no one is home
- Consolidate your loads of laundry and dish washer runs into fewer cycles
- Water your lawn sparingly
Got more ideas for energy savings this summer? Drop us a line with your creative ideas for saving energy! And remember, while you bask in the glory of all of your cost savings during these lazy days of summer, always wear sunscreen and bug spray when doing any work outside!