vinyl windowsIt seems lately that no matter where in the country you live, you are dealing with some sort of crisis that’s affecting your energy bills. If you live anywhere where it snows, you know this winter has been particularly cold, and your heating bills are probably skyrocketing. If you live in the south and have been affected by the hurricanes, your gas is limited, making it very expensive.

Even if you aren’t experiencing anything out of the ordinary in terms of weather, you still probably want to lower your monthly bills. There are very few people that don’t want extra money in their pockets. There are some tricks that can help you achieve this, all by lowering your monthly energy bills.

Install New Windows
According to National Public Radio (NPA), old-fashioned single-paned windows can let out a significant amount of air, as well as let air in. Replacing vinyl windows for a home with double-paned, energy efficient windows can make a huge difference. The upkeep of vinyl windows is relatively easy, and the insulation they offer can lower your energy bills quite a bit, even up to $501 a year, estimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Focus on Landscaping
Believe it or not, your landscaping can actually help improve your monthly energy bills. Planting trees or large bushes by your vinyl windows can block the sun from coming in, making the house much cooler. This means you won’t have to run your air conditioning as much in the summertime.

Watch Your Thermostat
Although your heating and cooling systems are there to keep you comfortable, there are ways to overwork them. Trying to set the temperature too high or too low can cause your system to run too much and work too hard, and that will drive up your energy costs. You also want to make sure that you aren’t frequently changing the temperature. That can also overwork your system.

Amp Up Insulation
While you are going through residential window replacement, make sure you check out the insulation around the windows. Air can leak in around the frame, and that can waste your heating/cooling air. You also can insulate around your doors, and even in the attic, if you have one. As long as you are keeping the inside are in and the outside air out, you’re good to go.

Purchase Energy Efficient Appliances
Replacing your appliances is a major step that may not be necessary, but it is an option. Appliances like your water heater, HVAC system, dryer, and even your dishwasher can jack up your energy bills if they are not running efficiently. If your water or heating bills are simply unbearable, this is an option to consider.

When you have to dish out money every month for your energy bills, you may start to notice that they are getting a bit high. To combat this, there are some things you can do. Replace your windows, plant some trees, watch your thermostat, insulate your home, and replace your old appliances. For all of your window and door needs, give us a call today.

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