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Energy Savings

 

How much could your home benefit from energy efficiency investments? Calculate your energy savings to find out.

Find an Approved Contractor

 

Many companies in the Greater Kansas City area have met the minimum requirements to perform HOME PERFORMANCE with ENERGY STAR assessments (energy audits).

 

Additionally, some members practice specific trades. Contact any of these professionals to start improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your business, and begin cutting your energy costs.

REGULARLY INSPECT DOORS AND WINDOWS FOR AIR LEAKS

Tips to improve your home and lower your energy bill


Older buildings may lose a substantial amount of heat through poorly sealed doorways or windows.


What you need

  • Clear Silicone interior and exterior caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Window film
  • Small rolls of fiberglass insulation
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • Weather Stripping

 

TO DIY

Caulking - Place your hand over a window sill or door. If they are cold to the touch or you can feel a draft, then there is a gap. Apply a line of caulk to seal around frames, casings or individual glass panes. Do not put caulk in areas where it would keep a window from opening. Also, check the exterior of the building for cracks around windows. Filling the cracks in with an exterior sealant will prevent air from entering the building.


Film - Window film is a type of shrink wrap that can be placed over a window and then heated to form a tight seal over the window pane. If the window film is on a roll, measure and cut the film to the size of each window. Remove the adhesive from the film and affix it to the window according to the instructions on the packaging. Plug in the hair dryer and, holding it several inches away from the window, turn it on warm and move it over the film until it shrinks tight to the window.


Casings - Run your hand over the interior casing of a window or door on a cold day. Is the woodwork cold? It shouldn’t be. If it is cold to the touch, gently remove a piece of the casing and take a look behind to see if it is insulated. If one casing was not insulated correctly, there is a pretty good chance that none of them were. Buy small rolls of fiberglass insulation and use scissors to cut the insulation into small pieces to fill the gaps. Don’t over stuff the openings - insulation works best when it is allowed to expand to its natural size. If you overstuff the spaces, the compact pieces of fiberglass will forfeit their ability to capture the cold air. This technique can be used around all of your windows and exterior doors.


Weather Stripping - Take measurements of all the doors and windows where you plan to install the product. Add up all the measurements, plus around 10 percent to account for any mistakes you may make while applying the product. Do not cut any of the material until you obtain a measurement. Refer to the application instructions for the specific type of weather stripping you are using. Proceed to securely affix the weather stripping against the surface, or, for example, the sash, if you are applying it to a window or along the jamb. The stripping material should easily fit inside the door or window in such a way that it becomes compressed when the window or door is shut.


Start Now- Maximize your savings!


Take a step back from individual actions to see how your business works as a system with a Business Energy Assessment.

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