By Lauren Bell, emPower Central Coast Energy Coach
The itchy eyes and empty tissue box can only mean one thing: spring is in the air. Even in our own homes, many of us can’t escape these unwelcome signs of the season! While the Central Coast is filled with houses built in the ‘50s and ‘70s, these classic structures often aren’t up to the task of keeping out dust, pollen and other pollutants.
But there’s a lot we can do to keep our homes and families healthy. As an Energy Coach for the County operated emPower Central Coast program, I’ve worked with homeowners to identify these kinds of problems and connect with the right resources to fix them. In the process, we’re also making homes more energy-efficient. It could be as simple as searching for something similar to Sense Energy Monitor options as a way to finally start saving energy within the home. Saying this though, it isn’t just homes that need to think about being more energy-efficient. It is businesses too. We all have to do our best to make this place a better environment to be in. Business Gas and reducing the use of electricity are just a few examples that could help cut down on the operating costs of your business. If this doesn’t make you think about switching things up a but so you are no energy-efficient, then I don’t know what will.
Are you experiencing these or other common troubles? Schedule a free Home Energy Consultation with an emPower Energy Coach at empowersbc.org to learn more about creating a healthier home.
Cracks and holes in your home — small or large — can waste a lot of energy and money over time due to air leaks. If you find that your energy bills have been quite high recently, it may be time to check out Green Mountain Energy Plans to find a better solution and great deals. It’s something worth considering, especially if you feel like you are currently struggling financially. These leaks are usually found in or around windows, doors, and walls. Before these cracks have the chance to get any worse, it is important that you look into getting them fixed as soon as possible as your energy bills are only going to suffer further. Cracks in your wall structure can be assessed and repaired by companies similar to Buildfix at your earliest convenience so that you can preserve this energy for longer. So make sure you keep an eye on your windows, doors, and walls. Like a balloon with a bunch of holes in it, they push the heated or cooled indoor air out, forcing your system to work harder just to keep the temperature you want. Your house just simply wasn’t built with the thought to hold onto that conditioned air. The simple solution is to air seal with weather stripping and caulk. This will keep your indoor temperature constant and keep out pollen and dust. To get the most out of air sealing, which includes gaps you can’t readily see, you’ll want to talk to a trained contractor.
Older homes often still use dated cooling/heating. Yesterday’s building practices and materials are no longer acceptable and can be outright dangerous. In addition to being inefficient, original heating systems in homes from the ‘50s and ‘70s can give off dangerous levels of carbon monoxide if they are not working properly. Even worse, a new unit slapped in and connected to old ducts is likely way oversized and now blowing around the junk in those old ducts with even more power. The old-style wall heaters we turn to from time to time are notoriously inefficient and prone to carbon monoxide leaks. A properly-installed, modern heating system will keep you safe and cut down on wasted resources.
We’d love to find out more about your home and how we can help. Schedule your consultation today at empowersbc.org or by calling (805) 781-5625.