With a harsh winter like so many areas across the country have been experiencing this year, fuel costs have been soaring, leaving both homeowners and businesses with sticker shock. No matter how much people try to conserve resources or be frugal with their energy usage, a certain level of fuel consumption is unavoidable, and that usage tends to skyrocket as temperatures plunge way below normal levels.
Still, recent weather conditions have caused utility bills to soar to such a degree that it catches many people completely off guard.
Utility companies in many areas have been receiving a surge of inquiries and complaints from customers who are irate after receiving an unwelcome surprise—a utility bill that is much higher than normal. Many of these people were angry, convinced that there had been some kind of mistake. Others were in a panic trying to figure out how they were going to afford bills that were much higher than they had expected.
Property owners are often forced to scramble to try and adjust their budgets to accommodate these soaring utility bills.
Many utility companies offer energy audits as a service for their customers. These audits can often result in some shocking (and somewhat disheartening) revelations. Property owners are often stunned to discover just how much of their money is going towards energy that ends up being wasted. A moderate sized leak or draft can result in significant waste, perhaps the equivalent of leaving several windows open all summer or winter long. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that property owners can save up to 30 percent on their energy bills by having an energy audit and following up on the recommendations it provides.
Needless to say, once they recover from the shock of their first astronomical utility bill, property owners are eager to do anything they can to avoid enduring an ongoing cycle of similar such bills. One of the easiest and most reliable ways to start realizing some immediate energy savings is by taking steps to reinforce and insulate their properties. This helps prevent excessively high energy consumption that can be caused by air escaping the property via leaks and drafts.
By sealing up the home and creating a strong airtight barrier around the interior of the structure, fuel consumption will drop right away, often by a significant amount. In addition, once drafts are eliminated, occupants also report feeling a noticeable difference in the comfort level of the home.
Property owners have a wide variety of options when it comes to the selection of insulation materials. While any type of increased insulation is better than none, and all will likely result in decreased energy usage to some extent, there can be a large variation in the exact amount of energy savings that can be realized by different insulation materials. Spray foam tends to stand out from the crowd, as it is widely considered one of the most effective and reliable insulation options. Its ability to form an airtight barrier while also expanding to fit into tiny cracks and crevices make spray foam a very attractive and popular choice for insulation projects.
Spray foam is also an excellent choice among roofing and insulation materials. It can be used to strengthen and reinforce an existing roof surface. This not only helps save energy, but can also help protect the roof from water and wind damage. With spray foam used on both the roof and inside the walls, this can essentially form an airtight membrane around the whole outer perimeter of the structure.
Upgrading to spray foam insulation is especially helpful when used in conjunction with other energy-saving measures, such as using spray foam gel or caulking to seal up tiny cracks around windows and doors. Adding energy-efficient windows and doors can also make a big difference. When combined all together, these tactics can greatly impact energy consumption and as a result can allow utility bills to drop by a surprising amount.
After property owners make an unhappy call to their utility company, their next move is often to call a contractor to help implement some upgrades that will help make the property more energy efficient and lower the utility bills. This means a surge in business for the contractors—which is good news, as long as they have the capability to handle these jobs. A lack of needed equipment can leave them scrambling, unable to respond to the demand for these jobs promptly. Fortunately, contractors who find themselves short on supplies can get everything they need quickly at Intech Equipment & Supply. We have all of the spray foam equipment and roofing materials that contractors need.