Clinton Painting Services Advice on Energy Efficiency

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Response to a question on saving money on energy cost during the winter.

This would be relative to the type of heating system that you have available. If you have the ability to burn wood, you could save $100-200 per month in heating costs. It requires work, but if you are severely financially burdened, it becomes a viable option. If not, a small electric heater, as the other hub poster suggested would be helpful. Used minimally, it could save you from $40-100 per month. From there, you need to make sure that your insulation is at it's premium density and thickness.There is a certain level that relates to the type of structure that you live in and where you reside. Find out what that number is and make sure you have enough to provide adequate protection. On the note of sealing things up, you may also check the gaskets on your refrigerator and freezer. Once they reach a certain age, the seals tend to give way and begin to leak. Replacing them is another inexpensive money saving technique. One other thing that you can do is get a powerful fan and check your home for places where you have air leaks. Set it up in a door way pulling air out of your house. Walk around while the air is circulating to inspect and find the places that are leaking and repair/fill them. There are products at your local paint store made for doing this. One such device is a door sweep, which will prevent air from entering your home through the bottom of the doors in your home. All in all, there is not really one single way to save a considerable amount of cash. However, if you use the ideas described above along with other efficiency optimizing techniques, you could save some significant cash. I will post more specific optimizing suggestions in future capsules. I hope this information is useful to you and the rest of the readers.

I Promised More.....

So, you want more, huh? Well, that's fine by me. The first list of money savers were things that can be done for little to no financial investment. These will cost something, but if they are on this list, they will pay for themselves in the long run.

  1. The CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulb. These bad boys have really caught on over the last decade. Their energy usage in comparison with the older incandescent bulbs is minimal. You can produce the same amount of illumination for approximately a third of the costs to operate. This really adds up over time.
  2. Window replacement. Windows are a main source of energy loss in most homes. The draftier versions cause heating and cooling systems to run too often and lose any potential efficiency. Maintaining your windows integrity is one of the best ways to conserve energy in your home. If replacement is not an option, caulking and glazing can potentially restore some of the faulty windows integrity. There are companies that guarantee 50% off of your utility heating and cooling cost for replacing your windows using their product and installation. There must be a reason.....
  3. Energy efficient appliances. In today's market, efficiency is a big seller. Thus, the big names are extremely competitive when it comes to developing products that use less energy. Look for the energy star logo, it has been a good indicator in my experience.
  4. Water heater replacement. This is a fact that doesn't seem to be widely recognized. Water heaters use a lot of energy, and an inefficient one can cost you an arm and a leg. Faulty or corroded elements require the electrical system to work harder, thus costing you more to operate. If replacement is not an option, sometimes a simple lowering of the temperature can make a substantial difference.
  5. Attention, don't be too poor to pay attention! Paying attention to your energy consumption will definitely save you money in the long term. Turning off and unplugging unnecessary plugs and switches, especially during the day, will make bring you a cash return. The power company charges more for peak(daytime) energy consumption. Turn the heater/ a/c way down when no one is home, and keep your eye out for wasted electricity. Hopefully, if you didn't already, you will know it when you see it.

Thank you for reading my hub. I welcome feedback on anything that should be added to this hub and appreciate any additional information. This list is not designed to be all inclusive. These items are suggestions based on my opinion, however informed I believe that opinion to be.

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