As the chilly Chicago-area temperatures linger into March, it’s a good time to talk about the steps you can take to create an energy efficient home.
As residents of northern Illinois, we are no strangers to extreme temperatures. It requires a significant amount of energy to maintain a comfortable interior during these weather extremes. At times, you may be using more energy than necessary.
Your utility bills are probably already expensive, and you are paying for the energy that your home doesn’t use. Below are a few steps you can take to reduce the amount of heating or cooling necessary to create a comfortable living environment – while saving you and your family money.
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Much of the energy you use to regulate the temperature inside your home is escaping through the walls and the roof. Adding quality insulation will keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside. By some estimations, improving insulation can save you up to 30 percent on your utility bills.
Proper insulation keeps air from escaping, prevents ice damming, and most of all, it leads to energy savings. The government’s Energy Star program recommends R49 insulation for attics in the northern Illinois region.
A smart thermostat can help you save money by consistently regulating the temperatures within your home. Sensors determine when the family is out and will automatically regulate the temperature within the house.
A smart thermostat can reduce your energy expenditures by nearly 25 percent.
Attic and Roof Ventilation
Proper attic ventilation can prevent ice dams in the winter. It reduces the cost of cooling bills during the summer months. It also keeps your attic dry. This will keep you from needing expensive attic repairs. You can hire a roofing company to help ensure that your attic is properly ventilated.
Extreme temperature swings are simply a reality living in northern Illinois.
You can recoup your investment in the long run with significant savings on your utility bills. Are you ready to create a more energy efficient home? Contact us today!