For most homes, basement rim joists and box sills are a major source of energy loss. These areas are located around the perimeter of the basement ceiling, where the walls of the home meet the foundation.
This is one of the thinnest points in a home’s exterior, which allows outside air to easily leak into the basement. This area is also a convenient way for pests to enter a home – spiders, bugs and other creatures can easily find their way from the ground outside your home, into home through penetration points left behind around HVAC, electrical and plumbing access points around the basement ceiling.
Spray foam is an ideal product to both insulate and air seal the rim joists and box sills. Spray foam insulation is a two-in-one product that both seals air leaks and insulates. It goes beyond what a homeowner can do on their own with caulk or similar products.
Insulating and air sealing your rim joists and box sills will make your basement (and entire home) more comfortable, help keep out pests and help reduce your energy bills. Contact us to schedule your free estimate!
From controlling lights at home via a mobile app to investing in smart appliances that cut down on energy use and costs, the options for decreasing energy use can be daunting.We’ve compiled a list of the hottest new technologies for your home that can help save big on energy costs.
Smart thermostats are nothing new when it comes to cutting down on home energy use and heating and cooling costs. The Nest Learning Thermostat adjusts your home’s temperature based on your own lifestyle and schedule. The Nest learns your habits so it can automatically adjust the temperature, it even integrates with the weather forecast and adjusts accordingly. According to Nest, the $249 price tag can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills with its use.
2. Smart Appliances
New smart appliances have the ability to communicate with the smart grid which uses information to communicate the personal habits of electricity consumers back to the energy companies. Smart appliances will be able to communicate with the smart grid and as a result automatically know optimal times to perform their functions. These times will be at the off-peak hours allowing you to save money by not incurring a peak time higher rate.
Traditional power strips are an easy way to expand the number of electrical outlets in your home. But their convenience can encourage you to leave electronics plugged in all the time — and many devices keep drawing power even when you’re not using them. Printers, DVD players, computers and plasma TVs are all examples of products with standby modes that make them convenient to use but suck significant power on the sly. This so-called phantom power drain costs you money and wastes electricity. Smart power strips, on the other hand maidwhiz.com, work to reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode. Doing so may save you some serious cash. Statistics vary, but experts say standby power consumption in an average home ranges from 5 percent to 10 percent of your household energy consumption.
4. Home-Automation Lighting
It’s been long-encouraged that switching to LED lighting is the way to go in order to cut back on energy usage and costs. Now you can take it a step further by controlling energy-efficient lighting with custom-made hardware that can adjust switches from anywhere.
Looking to save even more? ENERGY STAR estimates a homeowner can save up to 10% on their total annual energy bill by air sealing and insulating.
Call us today to learn more and for a free estimate.