Q. What is Heat Bleed?
A. “Heat Bleed” is a colloquial expression for heat transfer, or heat loss, that occurs in houses as a result of energy loss caused by inadequate home insulation; air leaks; outdated or inefficient HVAC systems; old appliances; non-energy-efficient windows and doors; and other factors.
Q. How do I know if my house has Heat Bleed?
A. In winter, the loss of energy leads to a heat loss, and one common sign could be rooms that are uncomfortably cold. In summer, heat flows from the outside to the inside of the home, causing the opposite problem: rooms that are too hot for comfort. Another sign is a utility bill that seems uncommonly high.
We’ve created a unique online tool called Plug™, to help you quickly estimate the extent and origin of your home’s Heat Bleed. Answer a few quick, easy questions to see how much and where Heat Bleed is affecting your home.
Q. Why should I get an energy audit?
A. Lost energy is lost money—and the sooner you learn where your home’s problem areas are, the sooner you can take action to stop that loss.
Also, waiting to act could cost you more. Even as our world’s limited supply of oil and coal drops, demand for those same fuels is growing. The resulting rise in utility costs will inevitably make homes that aren’t energy efficient lose more and more money as years go by.
Getting an energy audit now—then taking active steps to reduce or eliminate your home’s Heat Bleed—may be the most valuable home improvement you can make in the years ahead.
Q. How can I have a more energy efficient home?
A. Lots of people want to know how to be energy efficient. And usually, the answer begins with an energy audit. Besides evaluating your home insulation and checking for air leaks, Energy Response Corps auditors will inspect many other potential problem areas—examining gas lines for leaks, assessing the safety of combustion appliances and reviewing the tightness of your home’s duct system.
After doing all this, we’ll offer home improvement suggestions to help you boost your energy efficiency and get a more comfortable home (and a lower utility bill, too).
Q. How do I add more home insulation?
A. For maximum energy efficiency, you should hire a contractor with experience insulating a home, who knows exactly where and how to install the right kind of home insulation. Energy Response Corps offers a 15-year guarantee on all work performed by our preferred member contractors.
Q. Why be energy efficient?
A. One advantage of an energy efficient home is a lower electricity bill (and a lower utility bill, in general). Also, homes with proper home insulation, minimized air leakage and other improvements in energy efficiency are simply more comfortable, year-round.
Q. Are there any government incentives that encourage energy efficiency?
A. By creating a lower utility bill, virtually any energy efficient home improvement can pay for itself in a relatively short time. Also, Energy Response Corps can help you find and obtain financial incentives (available at the federal, state and local levels) to further help you defray the costs of home insulation, the sealing of air leaks, and similar costs.