Do You Make These 7 Home Energy Mistakes?
Do You Make These 7 Home Energy Mistakes? by: NathanF for Off the Grid News
Home energy efficiency is vital to the success of any off-the-grid homesteading project. When you try to make a go of it without the phony sense of dependability offered by your local utility company, power resources become so precious that every bit of energy you waste undermines your chances of ultimate success.
But as you built and designed your own customized lifestyle, organized around the wise and efficient use of time, money, and resources, did you really think of everything? Or is it possible you missed – and maybe are still missing – some golden opportunities to cut down on the amount of energy you use that would not have required you to make even the slightest sacrifice in your overall quality of living?
Before you embark on your voyage to grid-free self-sufficiency and independence, or before you proceed any further (if your ship has already left the dock), you need to get your house in order, both figuratively and literally. If your off-the-grid dreams are to come true, home energy efficiency is an absolute must, and if there are ways that you can save even more energy than you already have been the time to make some changes is now.
So what have you missed? What mistakes have you been making that have been causing you to squander invaluable and irreplaceable power resources? Whether they are few or many, they are all a problem, and in order to help you investigate and evaluate your energy use patterns more deeply we are about to discuss seven common mistakes that people often make that will inevitably sabotage their attempts to achieve perfect home energy efficiency.
7 Home Energy Mistakes
Mistake #1: Not Using The Best Available Options When Insulating Your Home
If you really want to get every nook, cranny, crevice, corner, and crack covered and plugged to keep the good air in and the bad air out, blown-in cellulose insulation is probably the most sensible way to go. You may also want to take a look at spray foam insulation, which can accomplish the same thing and is a bit more flexible in the way it can be used (spray foam is perfect, for example, if you want to use your attic space and need insulation for the underside of your roof). Spray foam is more expensive than blown-in insulation, however. With blown-in you always have DIY options while spray foam should only be installed by a licensed professional. Another advantage of blown-in is that it can be placed over and around existing insulation in many cases, making it the perfect choice for home renovation projects.