10 Home Energy Saving Tips for Winter

10 Home Energy Saving Tips for Winter

Keeping warm during the winter doesn’t mean you have to burn through your wallet. Here are some easy ways to keep your energy bill down but the temperature in your home comfortable.

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  1. Set your thermostat to 68°F during the day and 60°F at night and you can save 3 percent on your heating costs for every degree you reduce the temperature below 70°F, according to Pepco.
  2. Inspect your windows. If your windows have a worn or broke seal it is common to have moisture build up or fogging between the glass panes. If you see that, then you know you are most likely losing money on energy costs and it’s time to consider replacement windows.
  3. Check for drafts under your exterior doors. If there is a draft then the door is ill-fitting. Consider an efficient new replacement front door. A storm door can also provide an extra barrier from the weather.attic insulation
  4. Insulation is like a blanket for your home. Make sure the insulation is installed properly and there is enough of it to make sure heat doesn’t escape through your roof.
  5. Lower your water heater setting to 120 degrees or the low setting. According to Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, water heating accounts for about 18 percent of home energy consumption.
  6. Add an insulation blanket to your water heater. According to Dominion Energy, an insulation blanket can save heating money by slowing the drop in temperature from the hot water tank as it sits unused.
  7. Change air filters once a month. A well-maintained heating system can save money and increase the comfort level in your home.
  8. Make sure your fireplace is airtight. If not, all your energy might be going up in smoke.
  9. Inspect all ductwork for any air leakage to save up to 10 percent on your heating costs. If there is air leaking at the joints, use silver metal duct tape to seal them.
  10. Add efficient window treatments as a barrier to the cold to provide insulation and thermal barriers.

Winter weather fun should be enjoyed outdoors, but your home should be warm and comfortable. Consider new replacement windows or doors from Thompson Creek for the peace of mind knowing they have been expertly designed, built and installed to work for you.

 

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16 thoughts on “How To Hire A Great Home Remodeling Contractor

  1. My husband and I want to remodel our kitchen, but we’ve never done this before and could use some help. Your article had some great tips for how to hire someone like this, and I liked how you said to have an in-home consultation with a potential hire, and to ask about their licensing during this. We should only hire contractors with readily available licensing information, and we’ll keep this in mind during our home remodeling project.

  2. My home is over fifty years old, so I think it would be great to remodel it. I completely agree that one should look for information on remodeling contractors on the BBB; I can see how this would help find honest and upright businesses. Thanks so much for all the wonderful tips on hiring a remodeling contractor! Hopefully my home looks nice and new soon!

  3. My wife and I want to remodel our house and hire a remodeling contractor to help us with it. I think you make a great comparison between established and new remodeling companies. I’ll have to talk with my wife if we want to focus on established or new companies in our bid.

  4. I loved when you mentioned how an experienced company can help you get good results. We are planning to build an extra room to our house. Choosing someone that has great reviews can help you get great results.

  5. One of the important things to keep in mind when looking for a home improvement contractor is the fact that they should be insured just in case an accident happens while they’re working on your property–and at the same time, your house should be insured as well! Another thing to check for is their licenses to operate so that you’re certain that the services you’re hiring are legitimate and available. If I had the chance to hire a contractor to help renovate my house’s interior I would always check first for their licenses to make sure that they’re allowed to conduct their business.

  6. My husband and I want to remodel our old, outdated bathroom, and your article had great tips for choosing a contractor that could help us with this. I liked how you said to hire someone that is insured and bonded, and has general liability and auto insurance. Thanks; we’ll keep this in mind when hiring a remodeling contractor.

  7. You said that we should make sure that our contractor is licensed. I could see how this would be important. It would be crucial for a commercial contractor to be insured too because they are building bigger things.

  8. Thanks for pointing out that you should always check to see if a contractor is licensed and insured before requesting a quote. My husband and I are looking into residential home remodeling contractors because we think it’s time to update our house a little bit. I think that knowing that they were licensed and insured would just help give me peace of mind and help me know that they knew what they were doing, and were going to do a good job.

  9. I like how you told us to consider if we want the job to be done or if we want it done right the first time. This is great to think about, especially because I’d rather have it done right the first time. I’m going to look for a remodeling contractor to help me redo my whole kitchen and living room. I want my house to have a better setup!

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