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Saving Money on Heat—Look beyond Your Oil Boiler or Oil Furnace

Home energy efficiency

Many homeowners think that their heating system is the only thing to focus on when it comes to saving energy and money. While it’s true that your oil furnace or oil boiler is the most important part of your home’s energy output, it’s only part of the equation. That’s why many Michigan heating oil companies and energy experts subscribe to the concept of the house as a system.

There are three components to the house as a system:

  1. The building envelope, which includes roof, walls, windows, doors and foundation
  2. The mechanical systems, which include the heating and cooling systems
  3. The occupants, their energy usage and energy decisions.

Each component contributes to the overall energy efficiency of the house, and there are opportunities to improve efficiency in each area. For example, some of the best ways to reduce the energy you use is to make sure your attic and exposed walls are insulated properly and that your windows and doors are caulked.

Fall will be here before we know it! For more tips and recommendations to make your house operate as a more energy efficient system, go here.