Are you someone who doesn’t look forward to winter? Don’t let the Grinch get you down. Winter is for family time, holiday gathering time, and cozy time. Winter time should not be an expensive time for your energy meters.
Take a look at these six easy ways to cut down your energy costs this winter below.
And when you’re ready to winterize your homestead, be sure and contact The Construction Group to upgrade your insulation or replace your outdated windows – just to name just a few!
Tips for Energy Winter Savings
Whether it’s a quick fix or not, you should stay attentive to the weather elements as it’s directly tied to your wallet.
Here are some simple ways to keep your home warm and energy efficient this winter.
Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but also improves comfort. Wall insulation can reduce a home’s heat loss by 67%, while attic insulation can lead to a 40% decrease in heating and cooling costs. Your home loses approximately 26% of heat loss via the roof.
Among the best places to replace old insulation with new insulation is new wall spaces, existing walls, and unfinished attics. If you really want to airtight your home, spray foam is the most efficient insulation in this modern age.
But beware, this type should only be sprayed by professionals. Let The Construction Group handle your insulation needs.
Caulking and Sealing
Check the seals on your windows and doors. If you can feel cool air coming through them, you probably have cracks. Seal them with caulk and replace old weatherstripping.
Fix Duct Work
Check your ventilation and air conditioning ducts for any leaks.This may be the result of a faulty system and require an HVAC specialist to fix. In any case, have your HVAC inspected yearly.
Replace Your Thermostat
Replace and upgrade your thermostat. If you have an older model, consider replacing it with a smart thermostat that will adjust the temperature automatically. If you’re gone during the day, the smart thermostat will be set to a lower temperature until you get home.
Many homes end up reducing their energy bills by 10 to 15% from thermostat changes alone!
Replace Old Windows
Chances are you might still have the original windows on an older home. Older windows were poorly designed, allowing windows to leak air. Replacing them can increase energy efficiency by up to three times.
Hot water usage, especially during the winter, can contribute to high energy bills. A little thing such as shortening your hot shower a few minutes can reduce your water and heating usage.
Or, you could consider replacing your shower head with a recommended energy saving shower head, such as a WaterSense brand recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Construction Group is Your Energy Efficiency Contractor!
Whether you’re looking to replace your windows, replace your insulation, or have general questions about how to create an energy efficient homestead, allow the experts at The Construction Group to provide you a free estimate.
We will be more than happy to have an honest conversation regarding your home’s needs. Call us at 651-731-5857 today!