With temperatures dipping, fall is announcing it is officially sweater weather. You may be warm and cozy bundled up at football games and on hayrides, but is your house treated to the same TLC? Just a couple of simple updates to your home can save energy and serious cash as winter approaches. Try a few of these suggestions from Sunset Bank & Savings to keep your house (and your wallet) nice and toasty in the colder months.
Replace your windows with energy-efficient models
“They’re just windows, how much can replacing them really help?” The answer: a lot. Energy Star estimates that for the region that includes Iowa, replacing a single-pane window with an energy-efficient model will save $353 and about 2,700 pounds of CO2 per year (the equivalent of about 137 gallons of gasoline). Now multiply that times the number of windows you replace and you’re looking at quite the savings.
Thirty to 40 percent of your heating costs are lost to air leaks, according to Energy Star. Weather stripping materials start for around $5 in most home improvement stores, making them a cheap way to patch up any areas you’re losing heat from.
A programmable thermostat
By setting a heating schedule for your home, you are able to determine when your furnace is on and how hard it is working. A programmable thermostat adds credence to the motto, “Work smarter, not harder.”
Adding or replacing insulation
This can help reduce your heating costs by as much as 20 percent according to Green Energy Solutions, Inc. It’s another cost effective way to make your home energy efficient, as a roll of insulation starts at $15-20.
Installing low-flow faucets and showerheads
Reduce the amount of work your water heater does by limiting how much hot water you use with low-flow faucets and showerheads. Combine these with shorter showers, and you’re looking at a flood of savings.
There are many other ways to improve your home for the impending cold. However, before undertaking any energy saving project, make sure it fits in your budget. Head to Sunset Bank & Savings for any financing needs that arise preparing your home for winter this fall!
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