You work hard for your money. The last thing you want to do is to waste that money paying for higher-than-necessary utility bills. That's why it's so important to make changes to your cabin so that it works for you rather than against you when it comes to saving energy. To help you succeed on the road to lower utility bills, here are four ways to make your cabin more energy-efficient.
Your HVAC system, both your furnace and air conditioner, are major energy users in your cabin. Therefore, any efficiency gains you can make with your HVAC system will be reflected in major improvements to your utility bills. One of the easiest ways to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently is to have it maintained annually. By allowing a trained technician to clean, lubricate, and fine-tune your system, you can enjoy a comfortable cabin and low utility bills.
Older windows are notoriously inefficient. Therefore, if you have a lot of large, older windows in your cabin, you could be losing a lot of energy needlessly. With window glass replacement, though, you can stop the loss of energy from your windows by installing double- or triple-pane windows that keep hot and cold air out and conditioned air inside your cabin. Plus, new windows are much easier to open and close, meaning you can more easily take advantage of mild temperatures when the weather is nice enough.
Though they can take several years to reach maturity, trees around your cabin make a great energy-saving investment. When trees reach maturity, they provide abundant shade for your cabin, which greatly decreases the amount you have to run your air conditioner. Then, in the winter, their leaves fall off so that the sun can shine through and naturally warm your cabin. Just be sure to plant the trees far enough away so that their limbs won't hang over your roof.
If your attic lacks adequate insulation, then that is one of the best energy-saving investments you can make. By increasing your insulation to match the federally recommended R-value, you can significantly slow the rate at which conditioned air escapes your cabin through your attic. Plus, the right type of insulation can act as sound absorption material, meaning you can enjoy a quieter cabin even as you're saving money on your utility bills.
Some actions to increase your cabin’s energy-efficiency require a fairly large upfront investment. However, even small changes that you make around your cabin can help make a noticeable difference in your utility bill. By caulking around windows, switching to LED light bulbs, and making other budget-friendly improvements, you'll help your cabin look better and ensure you're not wasting money on keeping your cabin comfortable.