Home Energy Savings
This is going to be a wrap up of our seven part series on home energy savings. We are hoping that you enjoyed and possibly learned how to quickly and easily make the major systems and potential trouble spots of your homes energy consumption more efficient and eco-friendly in this series on home energy savings.
In part one we discussed the 5 tips to your home energy audit. Which entailed how to pinpoint those areas and suggest the most effective measures for cutting your energy costs.
In part two we discussed the 7 keys to formulating a plan. Identifying what you can do that is the most cost efficient and within your budget. What points you identified in your audit that need the most work, what you can do yourself and what needs to be done by a professional.
In part three we covered the 8 rules for finding a contractor. Should you need a contractor for any reason these are eight great rules for hiring a professional.
Part four got more into specifics and we spoke about The 8 ways to make your heating and cooling systems work better within your home energy savings plan. Also Insulation and draft elimination.
Part five went over the 10 tips to a more efficient water heating system, and how to increase the efficiency of that system . Including everything from conservation to installing a new water heating appliance.
Part six touched on how your windows and doors affect your home energy savings and how to maximize those savings by the types available.
Here on our homestead we advocate renewable energy systems and the use of conservation as the most viable and eco-friendly way to maximize your home energy savings.
Make no mistake some of the systems are complicated and expensive although they are getting less expensive as technology advances in the field. For instance if you were to integrate a solar electric array for electricity, a solar thermal for hot water, a geothermal system for heating and cooling, along with natural based spray foam for insulation, and quality solar therm windows and fiberglass doors. You could be running into hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Our suggestion is to start out small. Maybe a very small off grid solar array to run that extra freezer or computing station. Or possibly a solar thermal DIY system that is probably the easiest and least expensive way to get solar hot water. Maybe even a small wind turbine for electricity generation.
What ever you chose to do to increase your home energy savings whether it is conventional means or renewable sources, we commend you on your efforts and we know that it will go a long way to reducing your carbon footprint and making you more aware of it.
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Peace and Prosperity,
Rich @ NY Homesteader
If you are interested in constructing your own DIY Solar Thermal System for Hot Water here is a link to a great instructional course on the topic.