Salem, NH 603.952.3192
Nashua, NH 603.769.4938
Salem, NH 603.952.3192
Nashua, NH 603.769.4938

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Between the cold New England winters, hot summers, and high utility costs, it pays be cognizant of the energy usage in your New Hampshire home. If you would like to cut down on your energy costs without sacrificing comfort, there are many steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient. Here are just a few:

Upgrade Your Insulation

Many homes in New Hampshire and Massachusetts fall short of the current U.S Department of Energy guidelines for insulation. In the Salem, NH area, for instance, a typical home should have R-49 to R-60 in the attic, R-13 to R-21 in the walls, and R-25 to R-30 in the floors.

Adding more insulation will help retain heat in the winter, keep your home cooler in the summer, and improve overall comfort and air quality. Upgrading your insulation can be done relatively easily with blown-in products like cellulose or fiberglass, or you can do a more complete installation as part of a whole-home remodel.

Seal Air Leaks

When air can easily enter or escape your home, you will be using more energy than necessary for heating and cooling, increasing your energy costs and stressing your HVAC system. A thorough evaluation of your home can spot areas where air can leak in or out, such as drafty windows, holes drilled for pipes or electrical lines, and cracked or damaged foundations.

Have a contractor seal all exterior openings with caulk or expanding foam, as well as any openings between the living area and the attic or basement. Install weather-stripping on drafty windows and doors, and seal around them with caulk.

Upgrade Your Windows

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If your home is more than a few decades old, it is likely that your windows are single-pane or made from older double-pane techniques that leave them drafty and inefficient. Upgrading to modern insulated windows can reduce heat loss dramatically during the winter and block solar gain during the summer.

Today’s windows are also less susceptible to water damage and rot and far easier to maintain, especially fiberglass and vinyl-clad varieties.

Use Natural Light

During the daytime, open the curtains to bring in plenty of natural light. Not only will this help to reduce lighting costs, but during the winter, it can bring in natural heat from the sun.

If you are planning a remodeling project, consider adding extra windows on the south and west sides to take greater advantage of natural light. By using modern insulated windows, you can minimize the amount of heat loss while adding a great view.

Choose Energy-Efficient Appliances

Selecting the right appliances can have a huge effect on your energy costs. Look for HVAC equipment, refrigerators, televisions, computers, washing machines, water heaters, stoves, and other appliances that are ENERGY STAR® certified. These models can use up to 33% less energy than conventional appliances while performing just as well.

For an easy way to significantly reduce your energy costs, consider replacing any incandescent lights still in your home with LED or compact fluorescents. Today’s models offer greater reliability and more accurate color rendition for incandescent-like performance at a fraction of the energy usage.

Home Remodeling Services in New Hampshire & Massachusetts

Would you like to reduce your energy costs? Make your home more energy efficient with remodeling services from our team at Blackdog Design/Build/Remodel. From replacing windows and adding insulation to whole-home remodels, we can do it all. We serve New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including Salem and Nashua, NH.

Call (603) 769-4938 in Nashua, (603) 952-3192 in Salem, or contact us online to learn more!

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