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High Energy Bills

Overusing heating or cooling systems can lead to higher bills, but a significant factor is often a moist, unstable crawl space. 

Innovative Basement Authority is dedicated to helping homeowners like you identify and address the reasons for increased energy consumption through our crawl space encapsulation service. We specialize in finding and fixing crawl space issues that contribute to inefficiency, ensuring your home is comfortable while keeping your expenses in check. 

This guide will explore the main reasons for escalating energy bills and how crawl space repair can help you take back control of your home’s comfort and budget. 

What Are High Energy Bills? 

High energy bills are utility costs that surpass usual levels or past averages. 

These often indicate your HVAC system overworking to keep your home’s temperature steady. The reason isn’t always an abrupt change in thermostat settings. 

High energy bills are commonly linked to moisture in the crawl space and air leaks, resulting in discomfort in your home. Moisture from below forces your HVAC system to overwork to counterbalance external temperatures, maintaining a comfortable indoor climate. 

This problem is often accompanied by other crawl space issues like: 

  • Wet crawl space insulation 
  • Wood rot 
  • Sagging floors 
  • Musty smells in crawl space 
  • Increased pest presence 

Addressing the root causes of high energy bills is vital to restoring your home’s efficiency and comfort. 

What Causes High Energy Bills? 

Several typical crawl space problems can lead to increased energy bills, mostly related to moisture and air flow issues: 

  • Inadequate or damaged insulation 
  • Open vents or gaps letting in external air and moisture 
  • Landscape issues causing water to enter the crawl space 
  • Condensation on cooler surfaces due to high humidity 
  • Leaks in under-home plumbing leading to standing water 
  • Moist soil or water in contact with wooden structures 

As moisture builds up in a crawl space, it can lower indoor temperatures in winter and create hot, humid conditions in summer. This forces your HVAC to work more, driving up energy costs as it tries to keep temperatures comfortable. 

These conditions not only impact your energy bills but can also cause structural damage and poor indoor air quality. 

Innovative Basement Authority excels at diagnosing these problems, offering effective solutions to ensure your home’s efficiency and comfort. 

Can You Fix High Energy Bills? 

Yes, addressing high energy bills is achievable. By resolving the underlying moisture and airflow issues in your crawl space, you can significantly alter your home’s environment and energy costs. 

DIY solutions may provide temporary relief but can be expensive and difficult to implement. A lasting remedy is best achieved with a comprehensive crawl space repair system, tailored to your home’s specific needs. 

Innovative Basement Authority offers extensive solutions to combat the crawl space issues leading to energy inefficiency. Our expert team conducts thorough inspections to accurately identify the issues, ensuring our repair solutions are both individualized and effective. 

Our goal is to reduce your energy costs while improving the overall health and stability of your home. 

How to Fix High Energy Bills 

Properly insulating and sealing your crawl space is key to enhancing energy efficiency, potentially leading to substantial savings on utility bills. 

Here’s Innovative Basement Authority’s systematic approach: 

  • Carry out a thorough inspection to identify specific issues and their causes. 
  • Close crawl space vents and replace access doors to prevent external air and moisture from entering. 
  • Install an internal drainage system and a sump pump to remove accumulated water. 
  • Place drainage matting on the floor, directing water to the drainage system. 
  • Attach insulating panels to the walls to help control interior temperatures. 
  • Cover the floor and walls with a vapor barrier, fully encapsulating the crawl space. 
  • Install a dehumidifier to maintain indoor humidity at optimal levels. 
  • Conduct regular maintenance checks to ensure ongoing protection. 

Innovative Basement Authority uses a variety of unique products, ensuring the most effective solutions specifically designed for your home. Our products outperform standard alternatives, providing long-lasting results and improved energy efficiency. 

Why Address High Energy Bills Now 

Addressing a damp, poorly insulated crawl space promptly is vital for several reasons: 

  • Immediate Cost Reduction: The longer moisture damage is ignored, the more expensive it becomes to repair. You’ll see a reduction in your energy bills once the problems are fixed. 
  • Prolonged Appliance Life: Your HVAC system struggles in adverse conditions, risking breakdown. Resolving moisture issues helps prevent appliance deterioration, extending their lifespan. 
  • Enhanced Home Comfort: Experience consistent temperatures throughout your home. 
  • Improved Air Quality: A dry, properly dehumidified crawl space leads to better indoor air quality. 
  • Increased Property Value: Homes with energy-efficient features attract more buyers. 

Address problems now to protect your finances, HVAC system, and property value. Our crawl space repair services effectively address the core issues, turning your space into a clean, dry, healthy area. 

Contact Innovative Basement Authority for Reliable Crawl Space Solutions 

Don’t let your crawl space undermine your home’s comfort and efficiency. With Innovative Basement Authority, notice a significant difference in your home’s energy efficiency and overall comfort. Our dedicated team focuses on identifying and resolving your crawl space problems. 

For over 15 years, homeowners across the region have trusted us for exceptional customer service and reliable solutions. Improve your home’s health and comfort with a custom crawl space solution. 

Book a free inspection and receive a no-obligation estimate for repairs today. 


Signs of unexpected increases in utility bills such as cold floors, higher indoor humidity levels, and musty odors can indicate crawl space problems. Innovative Basement Authority can determine the exact cause and offer tailored repair options during a free inspection.

The duration of the encapsulation process varies depending on the size of the crawl space, the extent of current damage, and the specific solutions applied. Most jobs take 1-3 days to complete, including moisture control, insulation, and sealing. Our teams at Innovative Basement Authority work efficiently to ensure timely and thorough protection. Contact us for more details and to schedule a free inspection.

Many homeowners notice improvements in indoor conditions immediately after crawl space encapsulation, with reduced energy bills often seen in the next billing cycle. Contact Innovative Basement Authority now to arrange a free crawl space inspection and get a no-obligation repair quote. 

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