Energy bills are an ongoing concern for many homeowners. Although modern home building techniques, appliances, and more are created to be energy efficient, there are still plenty of ways a home’s features, or lack thereof, can affect heating and cooling. Here are a few ways you might be losing money on your energy bills:
1. Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to energy loss in homes. Old or outdated windows do not provide as much thermal insulation as newer, energy efficient windows. This means older windows and also single-pane windows tend to let more heat pass through them. With lower thermal insulation in your windows, more heat is entering your house during the summer and leaving in the winter, which makes your HVAC system work harder to maintain a consistent, comfortable temperature inside your home.
With both windows and doors, proper installation and sealing are important. Poor installation often means your windows and doors are not sealed properly and that they could be out-of-plumb. When windows and doors are out-of-plumb, they do not sit correctly in their frames. Not only does this inhibit insulation and allow air leaks to occur, it also can cause cracks and damage to both the frames and the windows and doors themselves over time. All of this often results in heating and cooling loss and higher energy bills. Replacement doors and windows can help to insulate your home better, reduce heating and cooling loss, and lower your energy bills.
The siding on your home helps protect it from the elements and provides insulation. If your siding is damaged or outdated, your home’s insulation is compromised and could be costing you when it comes to energy loss. While other materials can dent, rot, or warp over time, vinyl siding is impervious to weathering and these effects.
Plus, it’s virtually maintenance-free. You don’t have to worry about peeling, cracking, or repainting; you just have to wash it down every once in a while to keep it looking like new. By replacing your current siding with vinyl siding, you get siding that looks great, is low-maintenance, and provides plenty of insulation for your home to help prevent energy loss.
An old or damaged roof has the potential to do a lot of damage to your home. In addition to allowing moisture and pests in while leaving your home susceptible to the elements, it also can cause a lot of heating and cooling loss. A properly sealed and installed roof without any damage to it is imperative to providing good insulation and protection to your home. Any sealing issues or damage allows for increased airflow and energy loss, which can increase your energy bills. By replacing or repairing your roof, you help ensure your home is properly protected and insulated.
4. Outdated Appliances
Outdated appliances can become a serious drain on your electricity because they’re just not built to be efficient. Most modern appliances are built to use less energy and to conserve it when not in use. By replacing outdated appliances with newer, energy efficient versions, you can save on your energy bills simply because your appliances now use less electricity, water, etc. than your old ones. As you start looking into upgrading or updating your appliances, keep an eye out for the ENERGY STAR product label to easily identify energy efficient options.
For help with your next home improvement project, contact Zephyr Thomas. We’ve been helping homeowners with their home improvement needs in Lancaster County for over 60 years. Call us at 717-399-4708 to get a free estimate for your next project or stop by our showroom to get inspired!