Energy Saving Tips

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Most of the energy saving tips that many people learn during their childhood have to do with remembering to turn off lights and appliances when they're done using them. While these techniques unarguably save electricity, and therefore, utilities costs, appliance use in general accounts for a relatively small portion of electricity use. Much more energy (over 50% compared to 10-30%) is consumed with spatial conditioning, i.e. air heating and cooling.

Truly Effective Energy Saving Tips

The most effective energy saving tips may in fact be tips that cover insulation techniques and materials. Insulation not only reduces energy consumption, but also helps create a more uniform and comfortable atmosphere in your home. Most thermal insulation also acts to reduce noise and exterior sound levels in the home.

All building materials that are available on the market come with an R-value that describes their thermal insulation properties. Higher R-values correspond to more effective insulating qualities. There are many websites and publications available from both government and private sources with energy saving tips and recommendations as to what R-values should be used in what parts of the country.

In general, insulating interstitial spaces such as corners, ceiling beams, and attics is just as important as insulating walls, floors, and ceilings. Also, air-sealing techniques such as weather stripping can help seal conditioned air in and tighten the thermal envelope of the house. Other tips about creating an energy-efficient house are available from a number of websites, both government-run and private.


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