Hi, I am Deepa Subramaniam. From my childhood till the age of 17, I lived with my grandparents in a small beautiful village - Padavedu, a calm and scenic place, when my mom and dad were busy at work in the nearby city. As my grandparents are farmers, I help them in sowing seeds, fetching water from wells, cattle rearing, taking care of calves, collecting firewoods, cleaning the barn, climbing trees, collecting fresh vegetables and fruits from the farm, catching fish and crab from ponds and I can say, its a peaceful fun-filled memorable place that every child wishes for, to live with nature.
Once I finished my schooling, I moved to Chennai - a popular urban area in South India, where my mom and dad were living. I was fascinated by the vibrant culture, Convenience of living, Great opportunities/Careers, Attractions and Entertainment, Advanced Technologies in all fields, Social Networking, Shopping and Dining and Good connectivity to other places. I stepped into presidency college for my B. A - English major. I groomed myself and appreciated the freedom of managing my own time into Interesting Sports, Hobbies like Arts and crafts and developing my Skills for my next Professional life.
My parents planned to buy a new home when I got reunited with my family. With years of savings and 40% of House loan, we bought a ready - to - move in Apartment style home located inside the community with all the sports and entertainment amenities. With lots of hope, love and happiness, we stepped into our dream home. Days passed by, and we experienced the horrible summer where the temperature shoots up around 40 Degrees. So we installed an AC in two bedrooms to survive the hot weather. We noticed that our electricity bills were getting more expensive, month after month. As the bill jumps high after AC installation, we started to figure out the causes of it. Also, we noticed that the room takes more time to cool. After enquiring about the AC condition and its efficient working, we checked whether we have anyholes or air leaks inside the room. Due to poor insulation, the air conditioner struggles to disperse the cold air and takes more time to cool the rooms, which eventually increases the electricity bills making the AC work harder than it usually does. So, I did some research on window insulation and how it affects the utility bills. Here is what I have learnt. The First thing I learned is the purpose of windows and doors insulation. Why do we need to Insulate the Windows and doors? Saving money: By using smart heating controls and proper insulation, we can prevent heat loss when it is cold and maintain the cool air inside when it is hot. This helps to reduce the electricity bills between 10% - 25% annually.
Increased Comfortability: Good quality windows and doors insulation are useful during extreme temperatures like cold winters and steaming summers. This regulates the temperature inside your home, making you feel cosy and comfortable.
Energy Saving: We know that energy is a limited resource and more than 85% of the world’s energy needs are supplied by non -renewable resources/fossil fuels like coal, petroleum and natural gas. By using less energy/Power, we can reduce the pollution from power plants, preserve the natural resources and protect the ecosystem from destruction.
Noise Reduction: The sound pollution or environmental noise pollution worldwide, are mainly caused by Industrial machinery, construction sites and vehicles. It affects human health and the environmental quality of peaceful living. So, proper insulation of windows and doors prevents external noises from passing through.
The second thing is to check for any air leaks inside the room using the DIY simple techniques as well as tests by an expert team of an energy audit, around doors and windows.
Also, While buying window frames, we can choose the framing materials made of Fiberglass, Aluminum, wood, vinyl or composite because they are strong, durable, low maintenance and provides good insulation.
After I had the visual inspection of my AC Room for air leaks, I planned to fill the gaps using silicone + latex mix caulk. It worked, and our utility bills start to reduce nearly 10% - 15% over two months. However, for better energy savings, I called for an energy auditor to perform the professional air leakage testing / Energy efficiency test. I saved up to 30% of my energy bill by fixing all the air leaks at home suggested by an energy audit. I hope you will try one of these at home for saving energy, saving bills and saving the environment.
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