With the weather becoming colder you will want to keep an eye on your heating bill and still being mindful of the environment. Here are some simple steps that you can do in order to prevent heat loss during the winter and keep you home cooler during the summer. Many of these items can be purchased at your local hardware store.
- Add weather stripping to all doors and windows. Home Depot Weather stripping.
- Use insulating foam for behind face plates and electrical outlets. Home Depot insulation.
- Understanding the STAR Energy program. Heating Cooling Guide
What is the R-Value with insulation? Basically R stands for resistance of the transfer of heat through any substance. The Department of energy has developed zones for the type of insulation that is needed for houses build within these zones. Insulation has little pockets of air that resist heat transferring through them. So the higher the
R-Value the more resistance the material is to heat lose to the outside during the winter and likewise during the summer the material is resistant to heat coming into a cooler house. Heat always flows from the warmer areas to the cooler areas Law of Thermodynamics.
With some of these basic points you should be able to bring your heating bill down this winter.
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