Hot Temperatures Putting Your Utility Bill Through the Roof?


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High energy prices have been on the rise in the United States. There  are ways that you can make your home hot weather ready while keeping  cool in the summer.

The first thing you may want to do is get an energy audit to see how  energy efficient your home really is. An energy auditor will come to  the home and check all major appliances, heating and cooling  systems, as well as windows, doors and insulation. The entire  structure of the home will be assessed and get an overall rating. This rating will also come with a report that will give suggestions  on how you can change the home, or make improvements to it so it is  more energy efficient.

There are some things you can check in your home to identify areas  that are in need of improvement. Check your garage walls, basement, attic and attic stairway to see if there are any major drafts or  areas where the insulation is old or in need of replacement.

Check your Virginia Beach air conditioning system every spring and have it  serviced. This will make sure that it is working properly and  efficiently so that money is not wasted on leaks. You may also want  to clean or replace the filter once every two months and always seal any leaks or holes around pipes, whether they be plumbing or  heating.

Hire a contractor to seal any leaky ducts so that airflow is  distributed equally and the equipment is operating at peak  efficiency. 

Are your windows single or double pane? If they are single pane, you  may want to consider installing double pane windows with high  performance glass. This ensures that there are fewer drafts in the  house.

Consider a programmable thermostat that can regulate the homes  temperature even when you are not home. That way, the air  conditioning will not cool the home when you are not home, or in the  evenings when the air conditioning may not be as necessary.

When you install window coverings, curtains, drapes or blinds, it  helps seal off the windows and doors from both any drafts and the  sun. It can help keep your house cool in the day by protecting the  home from the suns hot rays.

Consider ceiling fans as an alternate source of cooling. These  ceiling fans do not use as much energy as air conditioning and keep  a bedroom very cool.

If you have room around the property of the house, consider planting  a tree. A tree can act as a natural cooling system for a house or  bedroom window so that the sun is not in direct contact with the  home. When the sun is not shining directly on the home, it can  greatly decrease the heat that enters in the house.

If you can not plant a tree to shield the house, you may want to  invest in applying a reflective coating to the roof. This reflective  coating will redirect the suns rays, bouncing the heat off of the  home. A dark roof absorbs a lot of heat, so if you have one, consider getting a light roof that will also reflect the suns rays.

There are many options for energy-saving appliances. Some of the m can be great investments, but always check the energy claims to see  if it really is saving you energy and if it is something that you  could use in your home.

If you feel that energy conservation in your home is something that  you can achieve, but need help with the investment to make all the  improvements in your home, you may want to check out an  Energy-Efficient Mortgage (EEM). You can get a loan towards the  improvements of your house if the overall savings in the utilities  are greater than the cost of the home improvements. Ask your energy  auditor to help you determine the break even point where your costs  match your savings, and savings will begin to take place. In the  long term, great savings can be reaped by performing these home  improvements.

Energy-Efficient Mortgages are a lot like normal mortgages, except  you use the money for home improvements. Interest rates are usually  low and payments and terms are negotiable. There are many lenders  who offer this mortgage, so ask around or go to your local bank to  see if there is someone who can help you. There are more papers to  fill out and you must get an energy audit before applying for an EEM. The energy auditor can assist you and the lender in getting  everything ready for the application process of the EEM. It takes  the work off of both you and the lender.

By making home improvements you can save a lot of money on your  utility bills and at the same time conserve energy. Its a win-win  situation for both your pocket book and environment.

About the Author

John R Blakefield is a mortgage and real estate specialist. For more  information, articles, news, tools and valuable resources on home  mortgages or investment loans, refinancing, debt solutions, visit  this site: http://www.scourtheweb.com/mortgage/.