Energy prices are marching ever upwards, and the powers that be seem reluctant to stand in the way of the big producers. Getting power of gas to our doors is a monumental and unsustainable feat of modern engineering, so it is no surprise that the production and distribution costs are high. The world will get a jolt of reality once oil production is at its maximum capacity. This situation, known as peak oil, has already happened according to some people. We are starting to feel the effects of it; the first one being price rises.
So what can the individual household do to protect themselves against high prices? The answer is to use less energy. Using less energy in the home saves money and contributes, just a little, to slowing down global warming by reducing your carbon footprint.
The best way to use less energy in the home is to insulate it well. Insulation will keep the home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The running costs of healthy home heating and air conditioning will be reduced significantly.
Here are a few ways everyone can save money.
Because the roof is on the top of the house, and heat rises, it is the obvious place to start. There is no hard and fast rule to adhere to when insulating a loft space; more is usually better. The carbon free homes designed by environmentally conscious architects often have in solution of four feet thick or more. The insulation comes in rolls and is easily put down between the roof joints. Several layers are needed for substantial energy savings. Each layer should be installed at a ninety degree angle to the previous one. Make sure that none of the insulation is blocking vents which allow air to flow and reduce damp problems. Consult with a professional team like Avalanche Restoration to learn more.
The second biggest culprits for energy loss are the perimeter walls. They are often constructed as a double wall with a cavity between them. The insulating properties of a cavity wall are not very good, This can be improved, however, by using blown insulation to fill the void. It is not a job you can do yourself as special machinery is required, but is is worth paying for, and the task is completed quickly.
If the window frames of a property are old, single glazed, and allowing draughts to enter, they should ideally be replaced. Modern uPVC units, if they can be found to suit the style of your home, will save you thousands of pounds on energy in the long run. The units have high quality seals and the two panes of glass have a vacuum between them to keep more heat in. The new units will cure the condensation problems that single glass panels suffer from too.
Dealing With Draughts
Seal any cracks where draughts are blowing cold air in. Be aware of the air vents that shouldn’t be blocked, however, as they may be providing an airflow for heating appliances. If in doubt as an expert.
If the home is insulated very well, it may only need the heat from the bodies of people who live there to keep it warm. It will certainly mean the central heating and air conditioning is used less. The fewer times it is turned on, the more energy is saved. It’s all common sense really.