With Christmas just around the corner and holiday shopping in full swing, homeowners are starting to look for ways to conserve money in preparation for the credit card bills that will be rolling in come January. One easy way to save some money this winter is to find little ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Take a look at these tips shared by Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA, your local replacement windows leader.
- Don’t heat rooms that aren’t being used. If you have a guest bedroom that normally sits empty or a second living area that sees little use, it doesn’t make much sense to spend money to heat those rooms. Instead, close and seal off vents in rooms that are rarely occupied to more efficiently direct the flow of air. By blocking off vents, turning down the thermostat and using space heaters as needed in rooms that are rarely occupied, you could see up to $200 in energy savings over the course of the year.
- Add some insulation. If your attic isn’t properly insulated, you’re basically throwing your money away. All that warm air that you’re paying to heat will rise up and escape out of the attic, and cold air will take its place. To prevent this from happening, top off your existing insulation (assuming it’s in good condition) with blown-in cellulose insulation to fill any gaps where air might be escaping.
- Upgrade to LED lights this holiday season. If you’re still using older incandescent Christmas lights, your next energy bill is going to be high. LED Christmas lights will cost more initially, but last 25 times longer than incandescents and use at least 75% less energy. They more than pay for themselves over their lifetime. LED lights are also a safer choice because they’re harder to break and don’t put out as much heat, greatly reducing the threat of fire. If you aren’t able to upgrade to LEDs before Christmas this season, take advantage of deep discounts at after-Christmas sales to stock up for next year.
Of all the ways to enhance the energy efficiency of your home, one of the most effective is to replace old, leaky windows with energy-efficient ones from Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA. If you haven’t done this yet, contact us today at (610) 849-2800 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about all the ways that new windows from Renewal by Andersen can enhance your life.