Secrets to Save On Utility Bills
As a homeowner, you’ve likely noticed that energy costs skyrocket during the hottest and coldest parts of the year. With fall and chilly weather around the corner, it’s a good time to start thinking about ways you can save on utility bills. Turning off the lights when you leave the room, conserving hot water, and using a programmable thermostat are all ways you can shed pennies off your heating and cooling costs. However, there are other more significant ways you can help save on your utility bills.
Ways to Save On Utility Bills:
Crawl Space Repair/Encapsulation
Did you know that around 10% of heating loss in homes occurs through the floor? That’s why ensuring you have a functioning and sealed crawl space is crucial to an energy-efficient home. Crawl spaces that aren’t adequately sealed will let in outside air, making it harder to heat or cool your home. Not to mention, crawl spaces with no vapor barrier will accumulate excess moisture, making your home more humid. Crawl space repair and encapsulation can keep your crawl space sealed and dry to reduce energy loss and save on utility bills.
Ensuring Your Home Is Properly Insulated
Although replacing insulation is a large project, it carries a significant impact. Because heating and cooling make up 50-70% of home energy costs, having a properly insulated house can significantly cut energy costs. Poorly insulated homes will feel drafty in the cooler months or uncomfortably warm when it’s hot outside. It’ll cause your bills to skyrocket as most of your heating or cooling escapes out of cracks and crannies. At Managed Services Group, we install several types of insulation to improve the efficiency of your home:
- Blown-in insulation
- Closed-cell foam insulation
- Open-cell foam insulation
- Batts and foam boards
- Reflective barrier insulation
- Radiant barrier insulation
- Rigid foam panels
Maintain Adequate Ventilation
For your home to cool off or warm up, the air needs to be able to circulate throughout the house. Closed or blocked air vents negatively affect ventilation, making it more challenging to keep your home comfortable. Repairing or replacing ductwork can help improve ventilation and air quality. Hot air can build up without adequate ventilation and make it difficult to escape. By achieving better ventilation, your air conditioning won’t have to work as hard.
Make Your Home Run as Efficiently as Possible
If you’re not sure why your home might be using more energy, it could be poor insulation or not enough ventilation. Schedule an inspection today with one of our licensed contractors for a free quote! See how making a few changes around your home can help you save on your utility bill and conserve energy.
Since 2008, Managed Services Group has provided comprehensive moisture control and basement waterproofing services to homeowners throughout the Greater Richmond area. As a licensed and insured Class A contractor, we have the experience and knowledge to back up our passion for home improvement. Give us a call today at 804-972-3007 (434-299-9382 for Charlottesville) for a free estimate. We’ll schedule an inspection with you, make a recommendation, and, in most cases, give you an estimate right on the spot.