With cold weather coming, now is time to get your home ready. There are many ways to do this while you go green for the environment and your wallet.
Taking the steps to go green while preparing the home for winter will keep it toasty warm and the wallet fatter. All it takes is some common sense, some elbow grease, and some inexpensive materials. And the best part about this, you can go green and do these things whether you own your home or you’re renting it!
Before you start though, you should do is get an energy audit. That will tell you exactly what you need to work on first. There are some energy companies that will do this for free or you can hire a professional. Either way, you can get an energy audit report which will help you pinpoint the areas you need to work on.
But if a free energy audit isn’t offered by your utility companies, or you can’t afford a professional, you can do this yourself. An energy audit is the first go green step to take and worth the time. You can purchase an infrared thermometer which will allow you to measure surface temperatures. This will help you pinpoint the areas with air leaks and missing insulation.
Insulate The Gaps and Seal Up The Walls
The mantra ‘go green’ is supported with another mantra “seal it tight, ventilate right”. Any place your energy audit indicated there is air penetrating through the walls, use a good quality caulk and fill those cracks. This will keep the cold outside air outside and the heat inside.
Typical places where cold air is found coming in would be around the switch plates and wall plugs along the exterior walls. Check around the breaker box, even if it is on an interior wall and caulk around it. Caulk under the sinks where the plumbing is coming around. And check around the doors and window facings. If your home has canned, recessed lighting, go green and use aluminum tape to seal them. Do the same with any sky lights too. These are notorious culprits for letting cold air leak in.
Take It Outside and Underneath
Once you all the air checks are completed inside, it is time to get outside get under the house. Make sure the foundation and base of house meet. If there are any gaps, there are expanding foam products that are meant to go green that fill these gaps. If you can see any daylight that shows under the house, then there is an air leak.
For those larger spots, get you a roll of that pink stuff and a good pair of gloves. There are several companies that make this product with the “go green” mantra at heart. They make it out of natural fibers, some of which are made from recycled, that are extremely effective.
Heating System Check Up and Tune-up
Before winter comes in, go green and save green and get your heating system checked out by a professional. They will do a complete tune-up and make sure everything is in proper working order. While this may cost a few dollars, you will save a lot of money on your energy bills through the winter. This will make your home healthier for the family to get the air ducts cleaned as well.
Overall Go Green Is The Mantra To Have
By taking these steps we’ve discussed here, you can go green to help the environment and save you some green in the pocket book too. There are implications that are good for the Earth when you do these things and the results will help keep your home comfortable and warm too.