Most people don’t realize that their garage consumes a lot of energy and there are ways to reduce the energy bills. With a few simple changes or replacements, you can make a garage more energy efficient while ensuring it’s comfortable at the same time. Here are some tips that can help with this process:
1. Insulate Garage Doors
A garage door can be the biggest drain on energy because it’s usually not insulated well enough to keep cold or heat away from indoor space. If you plan to install a new door in the near future, choose something with built-in insulation. That will ensure outdoor conditions don’t influence indoor ones as much. If you don’t wish to change the garage door, it’s easy to add insulation to it.
Just buy a garage door insulation kit or some foam boards and attach them to the back of your door. That will maintain reasonable indoor temperature while reducing energy bills. Insulating doors, as well as walls, doesn’t just prevent the transfer of thermal energy but also ensures that the carbon monoxide generated by a vehicle doesn’t enter your home.
2. Weather Stripping
Once you have added insulation, it’s important to cover gaps for maximum effectiveness. Use weather stripping to seal gaps around windows, under doors, and other such areas. This ensures there’s no room for outside air to slip in and affect indoor temperatures. You can use sealants to close gaps or holes in walls, which improves both energy efficiency and prevents water damage. You can find all the materials needed for weather stripping in a local hardware store or online.
3. Use LED Lights
Good quality lights are essential if you intend to use the garage as a workshop or hobby center. We recommend LED lights because they consume less energy, provide great luminescence, and produce less heat. LED lighting technology has advanced by a considerable margin so you can find all kinds of lighting like task, ambient, and even decorative LEDs. This can have a big impact on your energy bills.
If you have older appliances like a freezer or refrigerator in your garage, we recommend replacing it with new, energy-efficient models. These old devices consume more energy than most people realize, which can lead to expensive electricity bills. Replacing them may involve a higher investment, but it can help curtail your long-term expenses.
5. Replace Windows
If your garage has old windows, consider replacing them with new energy-efficient models. These keep outdoor temperatures away from indoor environment more efficiently, which can help reduce energy bills. New windows will also improve the overall appearance of your garage. They will allow more natural light in without compromising the indoor environment.
6. Replace Old Garage Door Openers
Older garage door openers consume more energy than modern, energy-efficient options. The excess energy consumption can add up to hundreds of dollars each year, which is why replacing the opener is a good choice. Modern openers deliver superior performance, higher levels of security, better energy consumption, and are easier to maintain. They are backed up by good-quality batteries and have LED lights on them. Replacing a garage door opener doesn’t cost much but provides ample benefits.
We also recommend cleaning clutter from your garage because a messy garage means your HVAC has to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature inside. Cleaning a garage also makes it easier to use.
Regular inspection and maintenance of your garage door system will also help keep energy consumption low. Professional garage door experts can recommend changes after they perform a thorough inspection to make your space more energy efficient.
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