As we meet with homeowners here in the Twin Cities, we find that utility bills are often a major concern. Many throughout the US are struggling to pay their energy bills every month. Not only are their homes not energy efficient, but the cost to heat and cool them continues to rise. Due to this, it is important that these homeowners find more cost-effective ways to help reduce the energy consumption in their homes, so they’re not spending as much to keep them running throughout the year.
The Existing Condition of a Home Affects Energy Use
Depending on the condition of the home currently, what you can do to make it more energy efficient is going to vary. You may want to consider having a professional come in and give you an energy audit. (Often utility companies will do this at no cost.)
You can also start with the obvious things, like broken windows, running toilets, etc. If you’ve got old appliances, replacing them with EnergyStar rated models will help, too. But you really need an accurate picture of the energy use in your home and where it may be getting wasted.
Having a home energy assessment done can provide a homeowner with a way to evaluate the current state of their home. Often the report you get afterward will have suggestions as to where improvements should be made. You’ll also find out where the largest loss of heat or cooling is, so you can focus on your major energy wasters.
Your roofing system, insulation, ventilation, and windows are all big factors in the way that the home is performing. If any of these systems is lacking, then the rest of the home is going to perform poorly when it comes to its overall energy efficiency. Did you know that the biggest source of energy loss in a home is its window openings, followed by exterior doors?
Replacing an old roofing system or windows that are cracked and old can show a big return in how much you’re spending in your energy bills. Having the insulation improved can also help to keep the cool or warm air inside your home. Another result can be elimination of drafts. So not only will you be cutting your energy use but your home will be more comfortable.
Maybe you’ve already taken some steps, such as swapping out your light bulbs energy-efficient LEDs or compact fluorescents. It’s not unusual for a homeowner to start with a small project when trying to improve energy efficiency. But where do you start if you’re trying to make a big cut in your utility bills? Having a professional come out and assess the situation will give you a better idea of what to expect.
If you’re ready to make your home more energy efficient, then give us a call here at Window Outfitters. While we don’t do energy audits, we CAN evaluate the condition of your windows, exterior doors, and siding. Those exterior building components all have major effects on your energy usage. We can provide you with more information on what can be done to help you spend less on those energy bills and still get the comfort that you need inside the home. We are THE replacement window company for Minnesota but can do so much more than that.