If you have an older home, you may find that your windows leak and let in cold air in the wintertime. Older windows can also be hard to open, dirty, warped, or inconvenient in other ways. The question is: are replacement windows worth it? Although windows can be costly, new windows will almost certainly reduce your energy bills and increase the comfort in your home.
Lighting accounts for 25 to 33 percent of a household’s annual electricity bill; fortunately, reducing lighting costs is as easy as changing a light bulb. There are two kinds of energy-efficient light bulbs, which use as much as 75 percent less electricity than traditional incandescents – and your bulb will last much longer. The energy-efficient bulbs save energy, reduce your bills, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Using timers and occupancy sensors with the bulbs will save even more energy and extend the life of your bulbs. Continue reading
A drafty house can be cold and uncomfortable, and it is almost certainly costing you more in energy costs than you need to pay. Sealing cracks that let in drafts can save you as much as 25% on your energy bills and often is not a very expensive proposition.