As the days get shorter and the nights grow colder, many household managers are bracing themselves for higher utility bills come next month’s statement. There may, however, be a way to mitigate your expenses with the help of energy-saving window treatments. Maureen Donohue-Conway, editor of Tap into Morristown, writes about power-saving measures in her column:
Even in those geographic regions where the mercury doesn’t drop below 50, knowing your home is not losing energy is a relief when you spend your hard earned dollars keeping your home warm or cool.
Saving energy in your home is not a difficult process. There are many easy free and low-cost ways to save energy and money on your heating and cooling bills.
Your home’s heating and cooling system consumes, by far, the most energy (roughly half your utility bill). By installing a programmable thermostat, you can heat or cool a room when needed and eliminate energy waste. You can also pre-program it to shut the system off completely once the desired temperature has been reached.
Inspecting the insulation of your home’s attic, walls, floors, and ceilings will give you an idea of how much air is flowing inside. If large volumes of warm or cold air are escaping, your system will have to work harder to achieve the desired temperature. Make sure you seal leaks or replace seals as needed.
Install efficient windows
Try installing storm windows instead of single-pane windows. These windows reduce temperature loss by sealing leaks and creating dead airspace between window panes. If you have no plans on investing in new windows for financial reasons, then consulting established contemporary window treatments suppliers like Arjay’s Window Fashions is a viable option. Such treatments are not just aesthetically pleasing, but energy-efficient as well because they help retain heat without the use of appliances.
The less water you use, the less your water heater has to work and you are doing the environment a favor by conserving. To do this, take less showers and be conscious about water conservation while washing dishes and doing the laundry. Lastly, installing water-efficient fixtures like shower heads and toilets will definitely help.
(Article excerpt and image from “How To Save Energy In Your Home”, 07 November 2014, Tap into Morristown)