If you are looking to save money on your household expenses, examining your utility bills—and taking steps to lower them—is a very good place to start.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average U.S, family spends at least $2,000 a year on home utility bills. While heating accounts for the largest portion of that cost on an average, obviously in warmer regions, heating cost would be less but the cooling costs would be higher. Either way, making your home more airtight and preventing air from entering and leaving your home will help keep your home more comfortable and, more importantly, prevent your utilities from going right through the walls and windows.
The DOE estimates that figure could be cut by at least 25% by following some basic tips to make the home more energy efficient—including using proper insulation with a high R-value. (The DOE notes that foam insulation can have an R-value that is up to two times greater than other insulation materials of the same thickness.)
Of course, as the DOE points out, it’s important to take a “whole house” approach to making your home more energy efficient. Improved insulation will help, but its value will be limited if you don’t also seal up cracks and leaks at the same time.
Contractors who want to help customers make their properties more energy efficient will need the proper equipment—which they can get from Intech Equipment & Supply.