Homes and commercial buildings consume 40% of the energy used in the United States. Of the $2,000 the average American spends paying for energy annually, $200 to $400 could be going to waste from drafts, air leaks around openings, and outdated heating and cooling systems. By reducing these losses through energy efficiency upgrades, you can save money and be more comfortable in your home or business.
Radiant barriers are installed in homes primarily to reduce summer heat gain and reduce cooling costs. The barriers consist of a highly reflective material that reflects radiant heat rather than absorbing it. They don't, however, reduce heat conduction like thermal insulation materials.
Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow and lowers your heating and cooling costs. Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but also improves comfort. Most common insulation materials work by slowing conductive heat flow and convective heat flow.
Homes over 15 years old may benefit from a new air conditioner, furnace, or boiler. A programmable thermostat enhances heating and cooling efficiency setting climate control systems so that they can achieve optimal temperature for minimal cost. Saving money on lighting could be as easy as switching to LED or CFL bulbs. All of these improvements lead to energy savings, and homeowners who want to be certain that they are not missing any improvements can request an efficiency inspector.