How To Save Money On Your Utility Bills
Old wood windows, single pane glass windows or poorly
hung windows and doors can be a major cause of energy loss. Everyone has
experienced at one time or another, the cold blasts of winter seeping in
around icy windows that are not insulated and sometimes won’t lock or
even shut completely. Wood windows can be a maintenance nightmare as
well. Replacing these energy hogs with vinyl, double-pane, low E windows
can make a world of difference in not only energy savings but in noise
reduction and lowered maintenance costs.
replacement window firms tend to come in with astronomical prices
for replacing all the windows in your house, a quality home improvement
contractor should be able to install an average sized replacement double
hung window for about $400-$450 per window including the cost of the
window. And while you are bound to get the best price if you have the
entire house done at once, using a good home improvement contractor will
allow you to do a portion of your windows at a time if doing the whole
house would just stretch your budget too far.
If you have gaps around your doors, try contacting a contractor skilled
in installing doors and see if it can be adjusted to hang properly to
minimize outside air intrusion. If this isn’t possible, installing a
storm door may be just what you need to add that extra insulation.
Consider purchasing storm doors with moveable panels and screens for
those warm days in spring and fall when you want to open up the house
and take advantage of Mother Nature’s breezes. The added cost for the
moveable panels will more than pay for themselves on the days when you
can turn off the heat or air conditioning and open up the house.
Since most new construction doors do not have low E coatings on the
glass, look into either having a coating installed or purchase one
yourself at a home improvement store and coat the glass as a weekend
project. A low E coating reduces the amount of heat that can penetrate
your window glass and can make a big difference in you summer time
utility bills as well as preventing areas with southern exposure from
overheating in the bright sinter sun.
All of these tips will make huge differences in you energy bills. Since
the cash that you put into improving your house can generally be
recovered when you go to sell your house and money spent on utility
bills cannot, it makes great sense to spend your cash sprucing up your
house instead of sending your money to the utility company. Increase
value of your home and lowered monthly utility costs make these types of
improvements a huge success.
Contact Elizabeth and Dan Guinn at Elizabeth
for the free report, “Top Ten Best Ideas to Reduce Utility Bills and
Spend the Savings on What You Really Want!” Just send me an email
requesting a copy and I will speed one out to you!
Elizabeth Guinn is an Urban Systems Engineer with a degree from George
Mason University. She and her husband are custom home builders and
designers in Virginia's Tidewater area. Combined they have over 40 years
experience in the design and construction fields. They adhere to Green
construction practices and are members of the U.S. Green Building
Council. Visit us on the web
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