Losing Energy Through Old, Drafty Windows? 5 Home Energy-Saving Tips!

 
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Recommended Ways to Save Energy

Not the time for a windows replacement? You can still save!

Winter is coming to a close, but little did you know you may have been using more energy than usual just to keep your home at a comfortable temperature! Summit Home Remodeling is supportive of the mission for all homeowners to save both money and energy. With 20% of the country’s energy going into the residential sector, we believe we can work together and drive down this number for an energy-efficient nation.

With your windows being responsible, heat is easily transferred through the panes so that more heat escapes in the winter and enters in the summer. Therefore, a lot of pressure on your thermostat drives up the energy bills, which clearly you don’t want.  If a windows installation isn’t exactly obtainable for the foreseeable future, there are simple ways to keep your home energy-efficient.

Remember that white = reflection to keep harsh heat out of your home!

Remember that white = reflection to keep harsh heat out of your home!

1. Install white window shades, blinds, or curtains

If you’re looking for a basic adjustment to your windows, white is the color for reflecting light! If you have something white guarding your window, you are already repelling harsh sunlight from entering your home.

Lowering your water heater temperature can reduce the energy consumption with less pressure on the thermostat!

Lowering your water heater temperature can reduce the energy consumption with less pressure on the thermostat!

2. Lower thermostat on your water heater a few degrees

When the winter strikes, your water heater is vulnerable to the excess cooling. At a default temperature of 140 degrees, lowering it to as low as 120 degrees can help you reduce energy consumption as much as 10 percent - a huge change in that bill already!

Barkwood Roof

Barkwood Roof

3. Ensure all laundry and dishwasher loads are full

Water is one component of your home’s energy consumption, so don’t disregard it. If this one wasn’t hilariously obvious already, this will drive the water bill down!

 
Both CFL and LED light bulbs use a lot less electricity and are a great investment!

Both CFL and LED light bulbs use a lot less electricity and are a great investment!

4. Invest in compact fluorescent light (CFL) or light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs

CFL and LED bulbs use up to 80% less electricity than traditional bulbs. Although they are more expensive up-front, they are a worthy investment for lasting much longer and saving you energy!

Don’t let these appliances do extra work - clean your AC and defrost your fridge often and you will see energy saving results!

Don’t let these appliances do extra work - clean your AC and defrost your fridge often and you will see energy saving results!

5. Clean air conditioner filters and defrost your refrigerator

Buildup in these two particular appliances can be devastating for the purpose of inhibiting its capabilities. A clogged air conditioner or frosted fridge will trap a lot of the airflow that keeps the appliances from doing its job correctly. Don’t let it do the extra work with more energy!

This all being said, all of your day-to-day habits can have almost any effect on your home’s overall consumption. Take a moment to think on how exactly you use electricity or water, and perhaps there is a way to solve that? If you are seeking a longer-term solution, we invite you to learn of energy-efficient windows by reaching us with a a free estimate with us at 667-212-2759!