Energy Efficient Homes
The energy efficiency of a home is a crucial topic for any household. However, few people take into account the importance of proper insulation and weatherization improvements, which can provide both financial and health benefits for homeowners and tenants.
For example, the average U.S. household spends about $2,000 on home utility bills every year. This number varies depending on the state, area, and size of the house. What doesn’t vary, is that heating and cooling the home account for about 54% of the overall utility costs.
Energy Loss Figures Around the House
Different areas of the house are susceptible to different levels of energy loss depending on their purpose and frequency of usage.
Roof/Attic – 25% energy loss
One of the most frequent problems of a home is that neither roofs nor attics are given enough attention. Because they are not used as often as other areas of the house, they are often finished with poor insulation, which allows precious heat to escape from the top.
Windows and Doors – 25% energy loss
Poorly installed windows and doors easily allow for air to escape through the small crevices, resulting in higher energy levels needed in order for the home to keep its ideal temperature. Even though they may not pose a safety risk, they have a strong effect on the household budget.
Insufficient HVAC – 20% energy loss
Each house requires a different size and strength of heating and cooling appliances in order to keep the home feeling comfortable. Depending on the square footage of your house, your heater, for example, could be producing much more energy than necessary and thus causing waste.
Walls – 30% energy loss
One of the biggest culprits of energy loss are poorly insulated walls, which are affected non-stop by seasonal changes and the age and maintenance levels of a home.
Save Money with Weatherization Improvements
Luckily, technological advancements and great teamwork have allowed the development of weatherization assistance programs such as Mass Save®.
Whether you are inquiring for a single-family household, a business, or a multi-family property, Mass Save® has special features and offers that work for anyone who wishes to reduce energy waste and save money, including:
- Rebates for upgrading old, energy inefficient appliances
- No-cost virtual home energy assessments
- Discounts of 75% to 100% off approved insulation
In fact, the details on how much money you can save annually are staggering:
- Storm windows – $100-$274
- Sealed air leaks – $83-$166
- Toilet replacements – $100
- Pipe insulation – $12
- Wall insulation – $200
For an average household total of $752 saved on utility bills every year.
To help you get started, homeowners can now get 75% or more of their insulation costs covered thanks to our partnership with Mass Save®.