“Solar prepping” your home with these simple steps can help make your home more energy efficient, and thus reduce the size and cost of your solar system. If youÂ decided to install a solar power system for your home but you sure unsure aboutÂ the size of the system you need, then you have to do a
“Solar prepping” your home with these simple steps can help make your home more energy efficient, and thus reduce the size and cost of your solar system.
If youÂ decided to install a solar power system for your home but you sure unsure aboutÂ the size of the system you need, then you have to do a detailed research to seeÂ if it is feasible to install it on your home. Â If you install a bigger system then youÂ actually need then you are wasting money. The following five easy steps canÂ help you maximize your solar power savings.
One ofÂ the downsides by installing solar systems in Bosnia & Herzegovina is thatÂ the country is not giving out any incentives; therefore the citizens are notÂ encouraged to experiment with solar power.
Step 1:Â Modern Windows, Drapes Keep Cold Out, Heat In
SomeÂ homes, and not just older ones, tend to “breathe” a lot. That is toÂ say, the windows and doors do not shut tightly and have poor insulatingÂ characteristics. Modern windows, especially double-paned, are much betterÂ insulators than single paned windows. Old or new, you should periodically checkÂ window perimeters, inside and out, for cracks and leakage.
Step 2:Â Door Seals Help Insulate
AlongÂ with windows, doors are one of the main ways that air gets in and out of your home. There is not much you can do about opening and closing them for access,Â but there are plenty of low and even no-cost things you can do to keep themÂ from “breathing” so much. The most common add-ons for doors are theÂ seals for the bottom, which can be screwed or glued on quickly. A great test isÂ on a cool evening. Place your hand at the base of the front door and if thereÂ is a breeze then a new seal is needed.
Step 3:Â Check Your HVAC System
WhateverÂ kind of heating, ventilation and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system you have,Â check for leakage of any kind. For central units, you will also want to checkÂ the filters, as clogged ones can dramatically reduce efficiency, and ducts, toÂ ensure that there are no leaks.
Step 4:Â CFL bulbs
CompactÂ fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) are tremendous energy-savers, and as theÂ technology improves and longer bulb lives become more common, they will beÂ money-savers. Although the primary savings will be attributable to their lowerÂ power consumption, they are cooler than incandescent bulbs and therefore willÂ have a small but continuous heat-reducing effect.
Step 5:Â The Energy-Conscious Lifestyle
Being aÂ conscientious planetary citizen takes more than green bumper stickers andÂ Energy Star appliances, although these help. It all depends on your effort toÂ develop an energy-conscious lifestyle to ease your financial burdens as well asÂ the planet’s environmental protection.
PreparingÂ Your Home Means Preparing Yourself
As youÂ can see, preparing to install a solar power system means much more thanÂ estimating the square footage of sunlit roof area. When you take the stepsÂ toward installing your solar power system, these simple steps will keep yourÂ energy-useÂ estimatesÂ low, and will help save thousands on a system that is sizedÂ properly for your home. Reducing your energy consumption will save you money asÂ well as relieve energy pressures on the planet.