Why a Whole-Home Approach to Efficiency Matters

When you’re trying to make your health a priority, it will help to cut out refined sugar and focus on eating more vegetables. While those changes will have an impact, they alone won’t be enough to make you healthy—especially if you’re under a lot of stress, not sleeping enough, and rarely exercise.

Just like your body, your home works as a system. One positive change to improve energy efficiency will make a difference, but it won’t be enough to tip the scale completely. So if you’re looking to truly make your Long Island house more energy efficient (and save on your energy bills), it’s key to focus on several aspects, instead of just assuming that switching to LED light bulbs will qualify you as having an energy efficient home.

Start with an Energy Audit to Improve Energy Efficiency

When your home is wasting energy, it’s usually easy to tell since your bills will be out of control. Especially during the summer, you might attribute it to an old air conditioner and think that upgrading to a new energy efficient model will solve your problems. However, the surest way to understand what’s going on with your home and find actionable solutions to its issues is with an energy audit.

An energy audit combines scientific tests like blower door testing and infrared imaging with expert inspections to analyze a home’s efficiency. By thoroughly reviewing everything from the building envelope and heating and air conditioning systems to ductwork and other combustion appliances, you’ll be able to comprehensively understand which improvements would have the greatest impact on your home’s efficiency.

Whole-Home Solutions for Greater Efficiency

Once you know exactly why your home is wasting energy, you’ll be able to make the upgrades it needs. So while it may, in fact, turn out that your air conditioner needs to be replaced to create a more efficient system, you might also need air sealing and insulation in the attic to stop heat from coming in and cool air from escaping.

Switching your light bulbs from traditional incandescents to LEDs might be a good first step, but a home’s energy efficiency generally benefits the most from improvements like:


Green Homes Long Island: Your Partner for an Energy Efficient Home

Understanding how your entire home works together to influence energy efficiency is essential. Our team of experts at Green Homes Long Island will be able to help you make high impact upgrades for greater efficiency, as well as improved home comfort and health.

Contact us or call (631) 328-2585 to get started with making your home more energy efficient by scheduling an energy audit today!

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