How to Detect Energy Loss in Your Home and Fix it How to Detect Energy Loss in Your Home and Fix it

What You'll Need
Room thermometers
Heat detecting camera
Foam insulation
Scotch tape

The level of energy Loss that occurs in the home is not only relevant from the point of view of the environmental effect, but also in respect of cost. Being aware of the ways in which your home can lose energy will help to you to determine how best to solve this. By following a few steps, you will be in a position to determine what steps to take to reduce the energy wasted in your home.

Step 1 – Draughts

One of the most common causes of energy loss is ill-fitting door and windows. These will not only allow the ingress of draughts, but will also be the route for heat to escape. Slowly run your hand around the perimeter of closed windows and doors on a windy day to see if you can detect any draughts. Alternatively, stick up some newspaper so that it covers any potential gap to see if it is affected by movement.

In the event that the doors and/or windows are old and not fit for use in an energy efficient home, it is prudent to replace them. Where they are relatively new, hardware stores can supply draught excluding methods that can simply be fitted in place. Where there are gaps between the frame and the wall, this can be rectified with the help of spray insulation, which will expand in the gap on application.   

Step 2 – Temperature

Another good way to check on the level of energy loss occurring in your home, is to consider the temperature in various rooms. Place a thermometer in the attic as well as in the lower rooms of the property to compare the result. Where you find that the attic is as hot or hotter than the rooms beneath it, you will know that a significant amount of heat is escaping through the roof. To prevent energy loss in this manner, it will be necessary to fit insulation in the attic to retain the heat in the property, blocking it from benefiting the attic where it is not required.

Step 3 – Photograph

One of the best ways to determine whether heat is being lost from your home is to measure the level of heat the affects the external surface of the property. This can be undertaken with specialist heat detecting equipment so this option may require a professional to be engaged. A photograph can be taken of the property to display sections that are hotter than others with changes in color. This will enable you to fit cavity wall insulation where it is needed to prevent the loss of heat.

Step 4 – Appliances

Much energy loss can occur through the supply of power to appliances despite them not being in use. Consider all the electrical appliances used in the home and make sure that any not in use are switched off. Avoid leaving appliances in ‘stand-by’ mode as this requires a certain amount of energy to maintain.

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