Did You Know?
The typical US family spends at least $2,000 a year on their home's utility bills. ComforTrack Plus Energy Saving Sidetrack Insulation System can help you insulate your windows and save money.
Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. Typically, 44% of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling. Heat lost through windows can account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill. The amount of energy wasted just through poorly insulated windows and doors is about as much energy as we get from the Alaskan Pipeline each year.
During the summer, sunny windows make your air conditioning work two to three times harder. By using a few inexpensive energy-efficient measures, you can reduce your energy bills by 10% to 50%. Energy efficient home improvements may also qualify you for an energy efficiency mortgage, which allows lenders to use a higher-than-normal debt-to-income ratio to calculate loan potential. In addition, your home will likely have a higher resale value.
Heating Season Tips:
- During the heating season, keep window shades and blinds on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight to enter your home (and warm-up rooms) and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- Keep windows on the south side of your house clean to maximize solar gain during heating season.
- Rule of thumb for thermostat savings: For each degree you lower your thermostat in winter, you can save about 3 percent on your heating bill.
Cooling Season Tips:
- Shading your home can reduce the temperature indoors by as much as 20 degrees on a hot day
- During the cooling season, keep south and west-facing window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain.
- Install window shades or blinds with a white surface facing out to reflect heat away from the house.
- Each degree that you raise the thermostat on your cooling system typically saves 2% on your cooling bill. Energy experts recommend setting your thermostat at 78° F or higher.
- Don't let a room air conditioner bake in the sun. Room air conditioners work best when kept cool. Installing the unit in a north-facing wall is ideal. Another option is to take advantage of shade from trees.
Tips On Saving Energy Around The House