“I don’t know about you, but my paycheck didn’t increase at nearly the rate the grocery prices went up. And the gas prices. And now it’s home heating season, and I am absolutely dreading that bill,” Patricia said. “What home upgrades can I make to help keep the fuel costs down?”
Energy efficiency experts agree: insulating the home and making sure the windows and doors are energy efficient are among the top ways to help keep winter fuel bills down.
Let’s talk about insulation first. Insulation is located inside your home’s walls and attic. Its job is to surround your living space like a blanket, trapping warm air inside and keeping the cold air out. Insulation can be made from fiberglass, cellulose and other materials. If you’re not sure if your home is properly insulated, have your South Shore building contractor assess the situation. Having additional insulation installed is usually a very affordable upgrade and can deliver great energy savings to the household.
Now let’s consider the home’s windows and doors. While we all like to have bright, airy homes full of natural daylight, leaky, inefficient windows can result in up to 40% of a home’s energy being lost during the winter months. That means that nearly half of the heat you’re paying for is being wasted.
Replacement windows are manufactured specifically to make it more affordable to heat and cool your home. They use multiple panes of glass, special insulated gas pockets, and other technologies to keep warm air in and cold air out. If you have drafty or cold rooms, you’ll find that having replacement windows installed can eliminate that issue.
Glass doors, such as sliding glass doors, French doors, and other exterior doors, can also leak a great deal of heat. You’ll want to talk to your South Shore window installation company about what your upgrade options are. Whether you like your existing doors and windows and want them replaced with windows that look identical but have better energy efficiency, or you want to make a style change, they’re the pros who can help make it happen.