Tips for a More Energy Efficient GarageAugust 30, 2017
Energy efficiency is a big concern for homeowners. When energy use spikes in the summer and winter, efficiency is key to keeping your utility bill under control. Inefficiencies can cause that monthly energy bill to skyrocket.
When working with a custom home builder on new construction, it’s likely to be built with energy efficiency in mind. However, that efficiency will decrease over time, unless you make updates.
It’s easy to identify areas to improve efficiency within your home, but homeowners often tend to forget about the garage. Garages are an addition to your home, but they can suck a lot of energy from it. Inefficiencies here can mean a loss of heat in the winter and a buildup of heat in the summer. This forces your heating and cooling system to work harder and consume more energy.
Here are a few tips for a more energy efficient garage:
1. Switch to Energy Efficient Options
Check your lights and windows. Are you using energy efficient options? If not, it may be time to replace your light bulbs with CFL or LED lights. Older windows tend to be less efficient. They don’t insulate as well and often are the culprit of air leaks. Replace them with Energy Star® certified windows. You can also invest in renewable energy sources, like solar heating, to help balance your energy use.
2. Check Your Insulation
Proper insulation and climate control are garage must-haves. Insulation makes a big difference in how well your garage is protected from the elements.
Inefficiencies and air leaks can be caused by poor insulation around your garage door, in the garage walls, and even through outlets and light switches! An insulation kit may help in some of these areas. However, depending on the age and condition of the area, it may be time to replace with something new.
3. Seal the Leaks
Better insulation or a new garage door can help “seal” air leaks. For some areas, insulation isn’t the answer. For example, if there are cracks in your garage floor, you’ll need a concrete sealant to fix those. It’s also important to check the door connecting your home to your garage and ensure it is properly sealed to protect from leaks or drafts.