Midwesterners have a reputation for being warm and friendly. A polite population enjoys many benefits: a greater sense of community, stronger relationships, and a more peaceful atmosphere.
However, sometimes when we avoid conflict too long, issues can go unresolved. If your utility bill is too high, don’t be shy—you can speak up!
Many older homes lack the energy-saving features that owners of newer homes take for granted. For instance, did you know builders didn’t insulate homes until the late 1970s? Additionally, most modern home fixtures are much more efficient than their ancestors, from low-flow toilets to smart-controlled heating and cooling.
Old homes are beautiful pieces of history, constructed with lots of character. The sprawling amber fields in Nebraska and Idaho are dotted with farmhouses made of rustic wood and cobblestone. Missouri is home to vibrant Victorian structures and sleepy bungalows.
With determination and investment, you can upgrade your historic abode to meet the energy-efficiency demands of the 21st century. Be sure to contact one of the many licensed specialists at Midwest Air Pros for a free home energy audit.
Here are four tried-and-true ways to lower your utility bills:
If your home was built in the 1970s or earlier, there’s a chance it’s poorly insulated—or possibly has no insulation. You can remedy this by insulating your attic, crawl space, and the rim joists in your basement. Doing so can reduce your energy bill by up to 10 percent yearly, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE) .
Pipe Repair or Repiping in Kansas
Are your water bills inordinately high? Have you noticed lower water pressure? What about damp spots accompanied by mildew or mold? These are all signs that your home plumbing system may be on its last legs. Very old piping can corrode, causing leaks that create water damage and make your utility bills soar. If you suspect this may be happening, schedule a plumbing inspection.
Window Sealing and Replacement
Over time, window frames warp and deteriorate. This creates rifts that allow air to escape. The remedy depends on the severity of the leak and your budget: you can cover the windows with a plastic sheet or insulating curtains. You can also apply caulk to the crack. If the problem persists, consider updating your window frames.
Boiler or Furnace Replacement
Well-maintained furnaces and boilers have lifespans of about 10-15 years. If you’ve had consistent issues with your home heating system, you may want to consider investing in a new one. Heating units have become drastically more efficient in the past five years. Modern heating systems enjoy 98.5 percent efficiency ratings, meaning virtually no energy is squandered while warming your home.
The lightbulbs you select at the hardware store can have a noticeable impact on your utility bill. LED bulbs will use (at minimum) 75 percent less electricity than indecent bulbs. They also burn 25 times longer.
Schedule An Energy Audit Today
Want an expert assessment of your home’s energy consumption? A specialist can use thermal cameras, take voltage measurements, calculations, and more. You’ll be left with an accurate picture of your home’s energy usage. That way, you can make an informed decision on where to invest. Find a pro with Midwest Air Pros today in Des Moines, IA, Kansas City, MO, Omaha, NE, Springfield, MO, and Wichita, KS.