DIY Green Energy For Homes

Insulate Your Walls to Save on Utility Bills

Older construction styles, especially brick, have resulted in walls that have the potential to lose up to 50% of the heating energy that you are spending money on.

A quick examination to see if the exterior walls are a double cavity style will reveal the ability to make immediate reductions in this heat loss, for less than a few hundred dollars.

Recovery of this outlay will be possible in an as little as two years and you will feel the effects straight away. This is an excellent investment and quite simple for a contractor to do.

The dilemma is to spend more when the only choices are to re-clad the exterior or retrofit the interior walls with battens and panels. Both of these are costly and yet will work.

Exterior cladding can significantly alter the appearance of your home and is beyond the realm of most DIY practitioners.

A fully trained professional job will cost in the region of $5,000 to $10,000, but as well as saving money on heating can increase your resale value and could be contemplated as an alternative in a long term maintenance plan.

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Internal battened insulation can be attempted room by room by the skilled DIY homeowner, but creates significant disruption with the need for additional decorating when finished.

This option is much cheaper and if regarded as part of the home improvement plan can be budgeted accordingly.

There are natural materials that can be applied to the wall's surface that are attractive and immediately effective short term solutions.

Cork and timber paneling in particular look good and can save nearly 25% of that heating cost.

A well insulated wall will of course help to keep heat out during summer and reduce air-conditioning expenses.

When building a new home there are building regulations now that specify minimum insulation requirements for different walling in the home.

Check the benefits of selecting not only insulation that provides energy savings, but those that can soundproof and provide extra protection against dampness spreading in a house.

Wall insulation should not be seen in isolation from other crucial areas. Ceilings, roofs and under floor are just as significant in the battle to reduce utility bills.

The choice of energy you need may be wider if the demand is reduced and small solar or wind power units can meet a lower demand.

Essentially this is what eco-auditing is all about. Looking at the whole picture rather than one feature such as insulation on its own can give better options for saving, and using your own skills to the best of your ability.

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When looking at the insulation methods available check with your supplier for tax rebates and subsidies for installation that may apply in your area.

Remember also to adequately ventilate rooms after new insulation has been installed, as build up of moisture in a much improved seal on your house may actually be harder to heat!

Roof venting and turbines can help cure any problem that may arise, and these can be fitted easily by the householder with limited skills.

Additional benefits from improved wall insulation can be to give extra fire retarding qualities to your home. This may even reduce your insurance bill as well!

Check that windows as part of the exterior of the home are correctly fitted, undamaged and closing correctly.

There is little point in getting the walls right and finding the weakest area still remains with windows losing heat!

The end result can be a better looking and better functioning home all round and is a great energy saving tip that you can perform over the weekend.

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