Tips for improving home energy efficiency

Thu, 09/19/2013 - 07:43

Summer was fun, but now with fall and winter almost upon us, it's time to start thinking of how to increase the energy efficiency of your home. For most people in the country, the temperatures are beginning to drop and scarves, coats and sweaters are being pulled out from storage. When a knit sweater isn't enough anymore to ward off the chill creeping into the house, it may be time to turn on the heating system in your home. 
However, for many people, this brings new stress all its own. The cost of heating oil and natural gas has been increasing steadily for the past few years, which means many people are forced to try and budget for the added expenditures. To decrease the costs associated with heating you home, consider making this innovative, energy-efficient changes to your house:
1) Install radiant floor heating. Unlike a traditional heat delivery system that uses radiators, baseboard units or vents, a radiant floor heating system concentrates the creation and supply of heat from the floorboards by using the power of conduction. Instead of pushing heated air throughout a home, a radiant floor heating system allows heated air molecules to bounce off one another and transfer warmth. This allows heat to remain more concentrated lower in the home and thereby in the spaces used by most people - instead of it resting near the ceiling. In addition, the eco-friendly system provides a more consistent delivery and decreases heat loss. 
2) High R-value insulation. Using high-quality insulation throughout the house is the ideal way to reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency. Every nook and cranny leading to the outside lets precious hot air escape and makes a heating system work that much harder (and consume more oil or natural gas) to fill a home with heat.