This time of year, utility bills tend to increase because the weather is colder and we’re inside more often! We use our heaters more and it gets dark sooner, so we turn on our lights for longer. This means our energy usage increases and we likely are looking for ways to keep those costs down. Here are some helpful tips.
Tip #1: Consider Upgrading Your Windows and Doors.
Brrr! Drafty windows and doors leak amazing warm air to the outside, rather than keeping it inside! Not only will you be chilly, but you’ll be wasting energy by making your heating system work harder than it must. If your home has old, inefficient doors or windows, it may be time to consider replacing them for newer, energy efficient ones. This is a great choice, because it will keep you comfortable year-round, not just in the winter, but when the summer weather hits and you want to keep the cool, air-conditioned air inside. We carry a variety of quality window and door products from Milgard, Simonton, ThermaTru, Simpson, and more! We will work with you on which product fits your space best and most importantly, we’ll work within your budget.
Tip #2: Keep Your Heating System Maintained.
This is something that people oftentimes forget to do, but it’s very important in helping to reduce your energy costs. Regular maintenance of your HVAC system will not only help ensure that all of the parts are working correctly, but you’ll also be sure that the system is working at its peak efficiency. Old heating systems or those that have not been taken care of regularly with routine cleanings and air filter changes, could be working a lot harder than they need to be, which drives your utility bill up even higher!
Tip #3: Replace Your Roof and Siding.
An old and leaky roof or cracked siding throughout your home could not only cause structural damage to your home, but it could also be causing air leakage, which is extremely inefficient. A new roof and updated siding will add curb appeal and instant value to your home. Even though the weather is cold, our team can work with you to get your roof and siding replaced so you’re ready to tackle the upcoming months of cold winter weather.
Tip #4: Unplug.
Unplug unused electronics or other small appliances that are not being used regularly. This may sound like something small, but it can translate to big savings at the end of the year. Video game consoles, microwaves, and battery chargers are just some of the things that can be unplugged when not in use.
Conserving energy is not just great on your wallet, but it’s good for the environment, too. As you head into 2018 and are looking to make some resolutions for the new year, contact us for information on getting new windows, roofing, doors, or doors installed in your home. You’ll notice a big difference!