We live in tough financial times, and it is vital that we do what we can to reduce the amount of energy we consume at home. The planet is under stress too, and the action we take to reduce our carbon footprint can have a significant effect. If everybody were to look at themselves and their lifestyle, maybe we could slow global warming.
Only the best passive homes in the world can get by without consuming any gas or electricity. Even if we can’t achieve that in our homes, it is a state to which we should aspire. The idea is not to waste the energy that you consume. If you heat the house with gas central heating, for example, you must hold onto that heat for as long as possible. The best way to do that is by adding extra insulation. Here are a few areas in which most people can make improvements.
Take a look at the loft first. There should be lots of insulation up there because it is the number one place where heat will exit the building if you allow it. Think about adding extra layers even if it meets the recommended thickness. The product comes on a roll, and you can buy as many as you can afford at a time.
The windows are another area of significant heat loss. If you can afford it, double or triple glazing is the answer. You know if you are losing a lot of heat through the windows because there will be a build-up of condensation on the glass when the weather is cold. The new windows will cure that problem immediately. Use thick curtains too; every little helps.
Seek out and stop draughts around your home. There are many cheap products available in the DIY stores to help you. Use draught excluders around doors and over the letterbox, and anywhere else you can feel a cold spot. Those blasts of icy air will cause the heating thermostat to operate more often than it should.
These days you can also consider power generation as a viable option. Solar panels are efficient, even on dull days, and people are installing them in their droves. I advise you to ask a Dallas roofing company to survey the roof before you install the panels if it is an old building; the extra weight might impact the structure. If you install enough panels, they will take care of all your power needs in the daytime. You sell any surplus electricity to the energy suppliers and to offset your consumption in the evenings. They reckon it takes about fifteen years for the units to pay for themselves. After that the savings are all yours.
Think about new ways for heating your swimming pool too. That body of water costs a fortune to keep warm even in the good weather. Maybe you can convert a log burning stove into a pool heater. It will save a fortune on gas or electricity.
You might think that these ideas are a load of rubbish, but you can save a fortune by insulating your home and generating power. Your bills will become negligible almost overnight. Yes, the investment might be significant to begin with, but look for government schemes to help you with the cost. There are many steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint if you put your mind to it.