Friday, August 18, 2017

Home Retrofits for Increased Energy Efficiency


Lillian Connors is doing her very first guest host with Happily Ever Rushed and she has some great ideas on Retrofitting your home! Thanks Lillian for the fun post.

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More and more homeowners are showing interest in decreasing the energy waste inside their homes in order to help reduce their electricity bills and do a little something to help protect our environment. Most old houses are drafty and have specific levels of insulation that simply no longer comply with the current recommended standards, resulting in a significant loss of heat and higher energy bills.
Instead of wasting money on paying energy bills, a better idea would be to invest it in making your home more energy-efficient and enjoy the long-term benefits of turning your old house into a greener, environmentally friendly home.

Perform a full energy expenditure audit

The first thing you should do before completely committing to the idea of retrofitting your house is to perform an audit of your home’s energy efficiency. This audit will allow you to determine exactly how much energy is consumed by which area of the house and, in turn, tell you exactly which parts of the house require the most work. Although you can perform an energy audit all by yourself, it is advisable to hire a professional auditor who already has the necessary qualifications and first-hand knowledge in dealing with these matters.

Seal all the air leaks

Getting rid of drafts is the first thing you should do when retrofitting a home as air leakage is one of the largest contributors when it comes to wasting energy. Loosely installed and otherwise damaged exterior doors result in massive air leaks and should, therefore, be fixed immediately. Checking for gaps and air holes in and around the exterior doors is easy enough and once you’ve located all the leaks, use weather stripping to seal them up.


Switch to energy efficient lighting

Incandescent lights consume large amounts of energy and are generally considered to be a rather inefficient lighting solution when compared to LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and CFLs (compact fluorescent lights). They waste energy and produce far more carbon dioxide than CFL bulbs, which use a quarter of the electricity incandescent lights do while producing only a quarter of carbon dioxide pollution. Furthermore, LED and CFL bulbs last significantly longer than incandescent ones, which makes them an ideal solution for saving energy and reducing the overall electricity bill.

Double-check the insulation

Adequately installed insulation is crucial for increasing the energy efficiency of your home. The largest amount of heat escapes through poorly insulated walls and ceilings, which is a common occurrence in old houses where the insulation levels are oftentimes below the recommended minimum or have simply deteriorated over time. This means that if you wish to transform your old house into an energy-efficient home, you need to make sure that your entire home is properly insulated both on the interior and the exterior.

Dealing with windows  

Besides loose doors and inadequately insulated ceilings and walls, windows are another factor you need to consider when doing a complete retrofit. Glass is a not a potent insulator and, as such, can lead to a substantial waste of energy.
To this end, probably the most effective (and most wallet-friendly, for that matter) thing to do here is go for contemporary retrofit double glazed windows, which are installed over your current window setup instead of completely replacing every single window inside the house. Aside from improving thermal comfort, this solution also boasts considerable noise reduction properties.   
As you can see, retrofitting your home is really not that hard and with these simple and efficient tips, you can create a comfortable and energy-efficient home, decrease your existing energy bill and fight for a good cause by helping protect the environment.  


Plugging all the air leaks, installing the recommended amount of insulation, finding a more energy-efficient lighting solution and dealing with the windows are all equally important and need to be considered during the retrofit process. These are all solutions for reducing the waste of energy, but if you really wish to cut down on your electricity bill, you should consider installing a solar panel system and turn your house into a truly green home.  

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