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Reduce Your Energy Costs with New Replacement Windows

Replacement windows are much more than an upgrade for appearance. They can drastically cut the energy loss from your home, keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, all while reducing your utility bills.

Going Green Can Save You Money

Going green around the home can be good for both the environment and your wallet. Here are some tips on making energy efficient improvements to your old home.

 

 

Quick Energy-Saving Tips Right at Your Fingertips

Sometimes the prospect of going green can seem rather expensive. After all, don't the "green" lightbulbs cost more? What about those double-paned windows? Though going green might seem costly at first, you may actually save more in the long run by embracing certain green options for your home.

What if you want to start on saving energy but you aren't ready for a complete home makeover? Try out a few of these easy and quick tips to get started:

  • Can't replace the windows? Seal the old ones. A good sealant around older windows won't be as efficient as replacement windows, but it may be a step in the right direction and shouldn't be too costly.
  • Change the lightbulbs. The next time one of those old incandescent lightbulbs burns out, replace it with a compact flourescent bulb, or CFL. Not only do they use 75 percent less energy, they also last ten times longer.
  • Unplug everything! Did you know that even when your television is turned off, it is still pulling power? Save energy by unplugging electronics when you aren't using them, including cell phone chargers, computers, televisions, and radios.
  • Install low-flow showerheads and aerators. Energy-saving showerheads are attractive, relatively inexpensive, and easy to install. Faucet aerators can cut water usage by several gallons per minute yet still give you the water pressure you desire.
  • Plant a tree. Plant tall trees near your home in the areas that see the most sunlight. In a few years, the natural shade of the tree will block the sun, giving your roof and siding a respite from the constant heat, all while lowering your cooling bills.
  • Control the thermostat. Consider a programmable thermostat for your home. You can save energy during the day when you're not there by turning it down or up, depending upon the seasons. Set it to reach a comfortable temperature about 30 minutes before you are scheduled to arrive home.
  • Buy Energy Star appliances. When you are ready to remodel your kitchen, purchase appliances that are proven to save energy. Always look at the appliance labels, and don't hesitate to ask about which ones will save you money.

Going green doesn't just save money--it helps the environment, too. When you're ready to expand into further greening your home, remember that choosing hardwood or bamboo floors, replacing old windows, and even choosing a metal roof are all ways to beautify your home while making nice with Mother Nature.