It’s official, everybody: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so we’ve got six more weeks of winter coming. Science.
We've gotten off relatively easy this winter, but as we all know, the only thing Nashvillians can count on, weather-wise, is whiplash-style change. So we figured, given the fact that the next six weeks could include some cold snaps, we'd revisit some home energy help we got from local entrepreneurs/Skillery teachers/friends Nashville Home Energy Solutions.
Some months back, we hosted a Home Energy Upgrades class with NHES, who offered a fun, hands-on exploration of home energy problems and totally doable solutions. As we get ready to ride out our six more weeks of winter, here are some of the things Nashville Home Energy Solutions does to make our homes more comfortable and our energy bills less uncomfortable:
4 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR ENERGY USE FROM NASHVILLE HOME ENERGY SOLUTIONS
Home Energy Diagnostic Testing
Did you know that there are tests that literally measure the air infiltration of your home? Such miracles do exist! These tests allow you to see exactly where the problems are, rather than watching your comfort and dollars sneak right out of the gaps of your home. They also allow for a direct diagnosis, unique to each home’s inefficiencies so that you can make the most impactful changes first.
Hands-on Air Sealing Problem Solving
You might be surprised to find how effective air sealing can be in making your home a more energy efficient, healthy and comfortable place to live. From caulking around windows to sealing plumbing penetrations, cracks and gaps are allowing your expensive conditioned air to slip right out of your house and un-conditioned air to come in. This not only devalues your indoor air-quality and makes your home less comfortable but significantly increases your bills as well.
Attic Access Solutions
What kind of attic hatch do you have? Hatch in the ceiling? Pull-down ladder? How often do you notice a temperature difference near that access? Odds are you feel a pretty significant difference throughout the entirety of the extreme seasons. Attic accesses are notorious for leaking attic air into your home and pulling your conditioned air into your attic.
For more (and/or to chat with NHES about what they can do to help you), visit the Nashville Home Energy Solutions website.