How to Futureproof your house
After talking to an associate at a Colorado based company called Whatsworking I found out many ways to futureproof your house for under $1000. This United States based company provides practical and effective service in policy development, design consultation, and helps businesses incorporate sustainable business practices.
What does futureproof mean?
Energy prices are unpredictable today and will become even more so in the future. Climate change is upon us, whether it warms our local weather or cools it off, weird weather is everywhere on the planet. For my local Vancouver readers, I think we are all well aware of the crazy winter we’ve had, please mother nature, No More Snow! Many people think that “climate change” or “global warming” means that temperatures are merely going to rise, and it will feel like we are all living in Hawaii… but this very wrong. Climate change really means that local weather will be more severe, and unpredictable events like floods and droughts will last longer and be more intense, hurricanes will become more frequent and generally the weatherman will have a harder time telling us what is to come.
Futureproofing is just another name for good green building. It is particularly important if you plan to stay in your house for many years to come. Contemporary homes were designed with the assumption that energy would stay cheap. We know now that that assumption is costing a lot of money every month.
Every home is different, but what we know is that very few homes are sufficiently insulated or draft proofed. That means there is tremendous opportunity for virtually every home in America and Canada to reduce their utility bills.
The myth is that it is too expensive to retrofit your home, so why bother? The truth is that there are many things that can be done over a weekend for less than $1,000 dollars.
During my next few postings, I will share with you different ways to futureproof your house for under $1000.
Let’s start at the beginning.
1) The typical home in this country loses 25% of it heat (or cooling) from what’s called infiltration. We experience infiltration as drafts or winds. Every penetration through the skin of the house or the envelope allows outside air into the house. This includes doors, windows, hose bibs, the electrical service entrance (where the circuit breaker lives) and any other hole in the envelope that allows air to be exchanged. So here is the checklist of where to start:
• Weatherstrip all operable windows and doors (click here to find out how to do it yourself)
• Caulk around hose bibs and at the electrical service entrance
• Look carefully for any other penetrations and seal them
• Look at where the siding meets the foundation. Expandable foam is great for large holes or gaps.
• Investigate from the outside in and the inside out
You will be surprised at how many holes you find!
Over the next few postings I will give you more tips and tricks to save money by making little changes to your windows, water heater, air ducts, and lighting.