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Energy and your home

October 11, 2013
Energy ConsumptionI imagine that many look at their bank account at the end of the month and wonder where all your money went. Utility bills can take a huge bite out of your budget. The older your home, the more you will spend. Homes built between 2000 and 2005 used 14% less energy per square foot than homes built in the 1980s and 40% less energy per square foot than homes built before 1950.
Improvements in manufacturing, not only of your home, but in the products that go in it have kept energy consumption per square foot about even for the last 30 years. That’s not to say that your average home owner is spending less money. The cost of Energy, like everything else, has risen over time. Add to that the fact that newer homes have grown larger over that same period. It’s easy to see why your energy bill continues to rise.
Updating certain areas of your home to a more modern and efficient product will benefit you greatly.  If you look at the chart, from the Department of Energy, you can see that keeping your home a comfortable temperature in winter and summer represents 54% of your energy bill. So any changes you make to your home that helps to keep the temperature at a desirable level will result in a measurable savings.
Most builders don’t go beyond the standard insulation. Consider adding a radiant energy reflecting layer in your attic. In the summer radiant heat represents 93% of the heat energy entering your home via the attic, and in the winter it represents 50% of your heat loss through your ceiling. Esheild 11000 will reflect up to 97% of the radiant heat energy striking it.
Replacing your existing windows with a modern more energy efficient model is another way to save. Window technology has come a long way. Modern windows offer several energy saving features: Multiple panes of glass, inert gas sandwiched between the panes, better insulated frames, reflective and filtering film on the exterior. All these decrease energy loss or gain through the window. As an alternative or in addition to your normal windows you could get storm windows. They add another level of insulation and install on the exterior or interior of your existing windows. Normally they are put up during the winter months and taken down and stored for the rest of the year.
Insulated Siding
Siding isn’t something you will probably install on it’s own for the energy savings but if you are considering a change to your homes exterior you can’t go wrong getting insulated siding. You get a bump in the walls insulation rating and your home’s appearance will be enhanced.
Give K-Designers a call 800-728-3902 or visit us online and we’ll walk you through all of these options and more.

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