As much as 50% of the energy used in your home goes toward heating and cooling. The team at James Taylor Construction (JTC) can assist you with upgrades that will help you conserve energy, while increasing comfort and lowering your utility bills. For significant savings, ask us about the benefits of a metal roof, solar fan, solar shingles, blown-in insulation, and replacement windows (and see detailed info about all of these items in the pull-down menu).
Why spend time, energy, and money making your home more energy efficient?
- You will save money on your utility bills for many years to come.
- Depending on where you live, you may be eligible for a tax credit.
- Your home will be more comfortable in every season.
- Upgrades that involve properly sealing your home and eliminating rot/mildew improve your indoor air quality and make your home a healthier place to live.
- Lowering your family’s energy consumption reduces the amount of pollutants that find their way into our air, soil, and water.
Most homeowners don’t know how easy it can be to make their home function well with less energy. Here’s a list of some additional energy saving strategies, most of which you can do yourself:
- Install ceiling fans to reduce cooling costs.
- Replace air filers in air conditioners and heaters as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Set your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer.
- Install a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts at night and when no one is home.
- Close curtains and other window treatments at night to better insulate the room.
- Install a tankless (demand-type) water heater.
- Replace old-fashioned incandescent lights with LEDs or CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps).
- Install low-flow showerheads and take shorter showers.
- Purchase Energy-Star appliances and electronics. These devices are approved by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program to be energy-efficient.
- Unplug small appliances and electronics like toasters and laptops when not in use (they consume energy whenever they’re plugged in).
- Wait until you have full loads of laundry before washing; full loads save water and energy. Wash all but extremely soiled items in cold water.
- Clean the lint trap every time you dry clothes. This helps clothes dry more quickly (and eliminates a fire hazard).
- Air-dry your clothes when possible.