Don't forget that your garage is part of your home and an Energy Efficient Garage can save you money too!
Insulation and Sealing
In very extreme climates some people may heat and cool their garages but most people don't. Either way, to keep the garage comfortable in hot and cold weather, you want to keep the elements and hot or cold air out. Keeping the doors closed is just the beginning. Keep air from sneaking in or out with good insulation and proper sealing.
The Garage Door
Two things to look for in an energy efficient exterior door: proper material and proper installation. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of these three very efficient materials used for exterior doors including garage doors and find the right one for your home and climate.
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Just like in the house, windows can help regulate the temperature in the garage. You may not need the same high energy efficiency in the garage as in the house but the more energy efficient the better and the seal is essential. Even the best window can't do its job if air's is leaking in and out because of improper seals.
Here's what to look for in Energy Efficient Windows
Energy Efficient Lighting
Most garages require lighting but it doesn't have to be expensive. Using energy efficient bulbs in the garage and throughout the house uses less energy and saves money. All you do is change a light bulb.
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Motion sensor lights work well in and around the garage giving you the lighting you need without searching for the switch. Depending on where you place the light, you might be able to use solar lights to save even more energy.
Energy Efficient Vehicles
Now that the garage itself is energy efficient, what about the vehicle that you put in it? Hybrids, Electric cars and cars that get above average miles per gallon or litres per kilometer. Or even better ... how about a bicycle?
Whatever you're driving, car pool and make it more efficient!
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