As the holidays approach, thoughts are starting to turn not only to the joys of the holiday season, but also to the dreaded utility bills that come with heating homes during the cold Northeast winter. Fortunately, Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA has complied some tried-and true (and relatively painless) ways that you can reduce energy consumption and increase your savings this winter.
- Take advantage of sunny days. Let Mother Nature heat your home for free and keep away the winter blues by opening the curtains and drapes in your rooms during the day to let the sun stream in. Don’t forget to close them again at sunset to keep in the heat.
- Turn down the thermostat. According to the Consumer Energy Center, for every degree you lower your heat within the 60-70°range, you’ll save up to 5% on heating costs. Save even more by turning down the temperature to 55-60° when you go to bed or leave home for long periods of time.
- Perform a furnace tune-up. Proper maintenance and upkeep of your furnace are essential in the winter months. Clogged and dirty furnace filters will increase energy use by restricting airflow, so be sure to check them often throughout the winter and replace as needed.
- Reduce shower time. With showers taking up two-thirds of household water heating costs, shortening shower time even by five minutes can save a family hundreds of gallons of hot water per month. Install low-flow shower heads and faucets to further decrease output. Additional savings can come from lowering the temperature of your hot water tank to 120°F.
- Caulk it up. Check around pipes, under kitchen and bathroom sinks, and any other areas where pipes and vents come through the wall or floor. An inexpensive can of spray foam insulation can fill gaps and holes that allow heat to escape. Weather-stripping windows and doors will further aid in blocking drafts.
Warm Up to New Windows
If draftiness is a continual problem in your home, replacement windows or patio doors in Scranton may be in your future. Consider contacting Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA to find out more about our wide range of energy-efficient Scranton windows and patio doors that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® standards. Reach us at (610) 355-4055 today!