Green Heating Systems
Warm up without burning your hard earned pay!
Installing the Green Heating Systems above will dramatically lower your costs for heating. You can also make efficient home heating improvements to save you tons of money and to maximize the efficiency of your green heating systems.
Top Steps to Efficient Home Heating
- Fix Drafts – The average American family spends 20-40% of it’s energy bill on wasted heating due to leakage and poor insulation. Why just throw your money away? Fortunately there are easy and affordable fixes to change this! First you want to determine where your leaks are. Check to see if your utility offers free energy consultation programs, or find a paid professional service to do this for $1-200. Or you can do it all yourself! Use a thermal leak detector to find where air is leaking, or light a candle or a stick of incense and carry it around to each closed door and window, and around electrical sockets on the outside walls of your home. Where the detector signals or the candle blows, you have a draft. Rattling windows or doors, and feeling the draft on your hands or feet, are both obvious indicators as well. Underneath doors is one of the most common ways that air enters or leaves your home, so use a door sweep, weatherstripping, or old towels or blankets at the bottom of your doors for a major improvement in your efficient home heating plan. Also keeping your home’s doors closed, especially to your bedroom at night, will help to keep heat in the room. Rubber gaskets and caulking can fill gaps around windows, around pipes under your sink, and behind electrical outlets. Also make sure to close the flue of the fireplace – which is a common way to loose heat. Depending on your exact methods and needs, the total project will still be under a few hundred dollars. The average home can save over $200 per year through these efficient home heating methods, or much more in some cases and climates, so it is definitely worth the investment to slash your energy bill for good!
- Insulation - You can further increase your efficient home heating and decrease your energy bill with great insulation. High quality insulation should be in your walls, and in the floor and ceiling containing your primary living space. The higher the R-value, the better it works, so if you for instance double the R value of your insulation then you can cut your heat loss through the walls in half. Proper insulation can save you up to 60 percent on your energy bill, and most old homes were built without it. However the process can be somewhat time, labor, and cost intensive – up to a few thousand. In the very least, insulate your attic; as heat rises this is where the most heat can escape. Use insulation with a rating of at least R-30 for your attic, R-11 or higher for walls, and R-4.2 around your central heating system’s ductwork. If you are using a radiator system in your home, put reflective insulation, or cardboard with aluminum foil attached to it, behind the radiator, as this avoids heating the wall and reflects more of the heat into the living space.
- Thermostat – One of the best strategies, in addition to green heating systems, to create efficient home heating is to install a programmable thermostat. Make sure that you set it to keep the home warm only while you are in it. You will save over $100 per season on heating costs if you are able heat your home just 10 degrees less only 8 hours per day. In addition, at night time you can lower your thermostat by 5 or 10 degrees, since you are only going to be spending time in a few rooms. You can add space heaters or other green heating systems to keep warm only the rooms that matter. Use heaters that turn off once the room is at your set ideal temperature. This method will cost you close to only $1 per night per 1500 watt heater.
- Heater Filter – If you are not using green heating systems to warm your home, or in combination are using a conventional central heating system, always keep your filter clean and replace them on schedule, as a dirty filter can cost you 15% in lost efficiency of the heater!
- Curtains - Full window curtains will retain heat in a room by reducing the heat that escapes through the glass window. There are curtains designed specifically with this purpose in mind, which boast better insulating value and can be found where curtains are sold. To maximize this strategy, keep curtains closed in rooms when no one is in them, keep all curtains closed at night, and open curtains during the day time in rooms that receive direct sunlight through windows, which will warm up the room, and give you natural light.