Saving energy in an old home can be quite challenging, particularly if you’ve just purchased a residential property with no recent upgrades. These homes’ attractive designs usually go hand in hand with high utility bills because they are not constructed in an energy-efficient way. However, there are numerous, easy ways that you can use to make your old house more energy efficient without any major renovations. Here are some simple improvements you can use to reduce utility bills and make your house warmer.
1. Seal the Attic and Add Insulation
Many old homes lack sufficient insulation, and adding blown-in insulation or blanket insulation to the walls and attic can save you a lot of money annually. However, the actual savings will significantly depend on the insulation type and the level of insulation added.
You can have the current insulation level assessed by having a home energy audit or an energy assessment. The energy auditor can also make some recommendations on the best kind of insulation you can add for your house and climate. Besides adding insulation, it would help if you also sealed holes and gaps in your attic that could allow air to seep into the living areas and create drafts.
2. Switch to LED Lighting
The other way to make your old house energy efficient is by upgrading the light fittings and switching to LED bulbs. According to statistics, LED bulbs can last 25,000 hours on average, reducing electricity consumption instantly. While LED lighting can be quite expensive to purchase, the savings in your utility bills will offset the initial cost. LED lamps come in different styles, from filament to dimmable spotlights, allowing you to choose according to your preferences.
3. Seal the Floorboards
Originally, old homes would have tiles or floorboards because carpets were rare. That means that most of the old homes have bare floorboards unless covered in the recent past. Generally, floorboards allow lots of cold air into your home. You can fill in all the gaps or place some rugs over these spots to prevent cold air from penetrating through the cracks. You can fill the gaps using sealants or a thin foam that’s pushed down into the floorboard cracks.
4. Upgrade Home Appliances and Systems
Old homes are known to have leaky faucets and water-guzzling showerheads and toilets. However, it does not cost a lot, and it’s not hard to replace or upgrade to low flow and more efficient models. Some systems in the house are more important than others when it comes to energy efficiency. These systems include your boiler, HVAC unit, and major appliances like the refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, dryer, and washer.
If these appliances and systems are almost at the end of their lifespan, consider switching to energy-efficient models. Newer models use less energy and tend to be more energy-efficient, giving you the same incredible results.
5. Replace Your Doors and Windows
Many old homes have windows and doors with thin glass panes and wooden frames. Double glazing was not available those days, and materials like plastic and aluminum were either too costly or unavailable. You can benefit from fitting some new doors and windows that will be pretty effective at maintaining heat in your house.
Your home inspector can also recommend having secondary glazing if your windows are repairable. You can use high-quality aluminum systems to color-match the windows, while you can lift out the magnetic systems in the summer months. Secondary glazing also reduces the road noise if you live in a metropolitan area, and the panels are quite discreet, and you can open them whenever you want.
Saving money on your energy bills comes from looking at your day-to-day habits and the bigger picture. Allow home inspectors from Climate Control to analyze the weak spots in your old home to help you know the changes you need. Our crew can make the process easier because they have the necessary experience to perform a more thorough assessment of energy-saving possibilities than an average homeowner.
If you have recently moved into an older home in Portland, OR, and the surrounding areas, contact us today, and we will help you make it more comfortable and energy-efficient. We use the most reliable techniques to provide you with the highest standard of services within the scheduled time. You can also reach out to us for other services including, air quality audits, hot water installations, furnace services, AC-related services, heat pump services, and vent and duct cleaning services.