Do you know what “space energy consumption” refers to?
It has nothing to do with the “space” beyond earth. Instead, it has everything to do with the “space” in your home.
For example, two homes of the exact same size and layout can consume vastly different amounts of energy. One perfectly retrofitted home can use 25% of the energy another one uses.
And this applies to brand new homes too. That’s because, unfortunately, homebuilders often cut corners during construction and build homes inefficiently to maximize their own profits.
No matter how new your home is, you’re not safe when it comes to efficiently heating and cooling your space!
Here’s some ways to do that:
1. Analyze Your Insulation
Does your home have insulation? Does it have the right kind of insulation? Does it have enough insulation? How old is your insulation?
Go into your attic. Make sure you have insulation that comes up to the tops of your floor joists. You also have to make sure you have the right R-value for insulation in your home.
But that’s a long story as to how that works. Here’s a guide on calculating the right R-value for your home.
2. Seal Your Air Envelope
This one’s hard to do. It refers to the idea of finding every possible way air could leak out of your home or enter into it. Then you have to seal all those off.
The simplest way to do it is to light a candle and pass it around the edges of your walls. Make sure you do this on a non-breezy day. Watch for the candle flame to flicker. That’s likely an area where you need to make a better seal.
3. Make Sure You Have the Right Size HVAC System for Your Home
This is another common mistake – even in brand new homes. When it happens, your HVAC system may cycle off and on quicker than it should. That’s how money and energy get wasted.
For this one, you’ll either have to be super experienced in HVAC repair and installation, or you’ll have to hire a contractor. If you do, make sure they specialize in comfort and installing the right size HVAC system in your home.
Many simply want to sell you a new AC or furnace, when that’s not necessarily what you need to improve your efficiency. They may find other issues, like the afore-mentioned improper insulation.
So, that’s how you can save money by focusing on your space energy consumption. It’s a whole new way of approaching energy savings.