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7 Energy Saving Tips You Can Implement Today

Remember when The Jetsons cartoon seemed like the ultimate, yet unattainable, dream for your future?  They communicated via video streams, cars drove themselves, and dinners could be prepared in an instant.  Although most of us aren’t traveling around on other planets in flying cars (yet!), modern lives are becoming more “Jetson-esque” every day.  The most common applications of these formerly space-age conveniences are in your home appliances and electronics. The down side to all this convenience is the majority of these appliances and technologies consume energy – and energy costs money. 

Here are seven energy saving tips that will help you and your family make the most of your own space age luxuries:

7 Simple Energy Saving Tips

1. Install a programmable thermostat.  Even the most diligent of homeowners forgets to change the thermostat from 28 ºC on a cold winter’s night, or 21ºC on a hot summer day, which results in hours of heating and cooling your home when everyone’s left for the day.  Programmable thermostats are easy to install yourself, or very affordable to have installed by a local HVAC company.  The savings will pay off in no time. [Read more…]

R-Value and U-Value Know What They Are

What is U-Value?

An R-value indicates an insulation’s resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness.

The R-value depends on the type of insulation and includes its material, thickness, and density. When calculating the R-value of a multilayered installation, add the R-values of the individual layers. Installing more insulation in your home increases the R-value and the resistance to heat flow.

The effectiveness of an insulation’s resistance to heat flow also depends on how and where the insulation is installed. For example, insulation that is compressed will not provide its full rated R-value. The overall R-value of a wall or ceiling will be somewhat different from the R-value of the insulation itself because some heat flows around the insulation through the studs and joists. Therefore, it’s important to properly install your insulation to achieve the maximum R-value.

The amount of insulation or R-value you’ll need depends on your climate, type of heating and cooling system, and the section of the house you plan to insulate. [Read more…]