One of the priorities for many homeowners is to save money on energy costs, and installing an energy-efficient system in the home is a major objective.
However, there are several unfounded myths about the best way to conserve energy in a home. Don’t expect to get immediate return on investment for every appliance you replace, and knowing where to begin can be tricky.
When it comes to energy savings, there is no one-solution-fits-all for your home because houses and building designs vary. Also, metal building prices and wooden building prices vary too. Some properties are built in a contemporary style, while others are heritage buildings. Yet, some are hybrid of both.
Before you start remodifying your home for energy-efficiency, it is important to know the myths associated with home energy and make informed decisions.
1. A solar PV must be your first installation
Having a solar system on your roof is a good idea and it can score you high in the minds of the neighbours, but it doesn’t have to be the first point of call. There are many other less expensive and less-ostentatious ways to enhance your energy efficiency. They can even give you higher energy savings per pound spent.
Moreover, it was recently announced that businesses and schools will be expected to pay taxes on their solar panels, while others who do may expect a rise. Some things you should consider improving are:
- Insulation for your floors, walls and attics
- Ducts sealings
- Energy efficient light bulbs
2. Every insulation is the same
Before you insulate your home, it is Important to think about the type of insulation you need. Not every insulation is the same. While fibreglass batts are popular, their performance is largely dependent on how properly they have been installed.
If there are gaps between the batts, even if they are as small as a quarter-inch, they can significantly lose their insulating property. Whether it is loose-fill or blown-in, ensure your fibreglass or cellulose insulation is well installed.
3. Radiant heating is no different from other types
There are some people who are under the misconception that radiant heating floors are just as good as any other home heating system. Far From it, they represent a more efficient energy saving option. Radiant heating systems supply heat directly to the floor, or wall panels, or ceilings in a building. It works with either heating coils or water-heated tubing which makes it highly effective.
It's a fact that floor heating systems experts say it is healthier than conventional heating systems.
“Radiant heat does not kick up dust or allergens as heating vents do because it warms the home directly from the floor surface. On the contrary, it kills on dust mites that may be present in the flooring,” he says.
4. Energy efficiency is costly
While the initial cost of installing a smart device in your home might require high upfront fees, those expenses are netted out over time. As you use the device(s), it reduces the overall cost of your energy bills. Thus, making it a worthy investment.
The benefits of your LED light-bulb or Smart refrigerator will be noticed within a relatively short period. The best combination any home can ask for in an equipment is energy-efficiency and cost reduction.
Now you know, you should be able to make the right decisions as you improve the quality of your home.