Energy conservation tips. What a good idea! Now more than ever, conserving energy in Florida is necessary. With cost of living going up and incomes going down or staying stagnant, finding ways to keep your energy costs down is smart. There are several ways to do this, and here are a few tips.
First, be sure that your home has adequate insulation. Yes, even in hot or humid climates, you need insulation. How do you think you will keep cool air in and keep your AC from working overtime? In hot humid climates, you spend energy cooling and dehumidifying. By taking the humidity out of the air, it feels cooler. Insulation has to be designed to keep the heat and humidity out.
The other thing that is necessary with insulation is to minimize the heat from the sun. With insulation one way you can beat this heat is to create a vented air cavity directly under the roof. The cavity will have a barrier that keeps it from coming inside, while allowing it to vent out. When insulating the attic, don’t forget to insulate around air conditioning ducts. Keeps the cool air cooler as it moves through the house. That way, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the home cool.
Another great way to keep the sun from heating up your home? Larger overhangs or a porch. The roof of the porch or overhang keeps the direct sunlight out of the house. Plus they look great too!
Oh, and don’t forget to keep up on the caulking around doors and windows. No need to let the cool air out of faulty seals! A good insulation company can help you find where you need to improve your insulation needs.
Another great way to cut down on the amount of heat brought into your home is by having your roof coated to a light color. White or light colored roofs reflect that sun energy before it ever gets into your home to heat it up. A white roof reflects away 45 percent of the sun’s rays. That alone can lower your energy bills, even before looking at your insulation issues. Studies have been done that show that homes with white roofs cut their air conditioning costs by 20% or more in hot, sunny weather.
So make a few tweaks to your home and lower that energy consumption. Your cooler house and bank account will thank you.