Another Canadian winter is upon us, and this means that there’ll be eye-watering cold temperatures, a steady supply of snow, and ice galore. If you’re a homeowner, chances are you’re not looking forward to your winter utility bills this winter season. But there are some things you can do to lower your energy bills – and they include possibly equipping your home with replacement windows should they be needed. Here are some ways to ensure that you pay as little as possible in energy bills this cold weather season.
Draught-Proof Your Residence
One way you can reduce your energy bills this winter is to draught-proof your home. You might be surprised at how much heat loss is attributable to gaps, holes, and cracks that allow cold air to get from outside to inside your residence. If you can fill in these spaces, you’ll be able to reduce your energy bills. This means using caulking to fill in holes and weather stripping to stop any air leaks that may be costing you money.
Replace Your Windows
A lot of heat loss also comes from windows. Sometimes using caulking or weather stripping may be just enough to help, but these things oftentimes just cover up underlying problems. If your windows simply are no longer efficient enough to help rather than hinder this winter, you may want to contact a replacement window retailer to explore your options. New windows can be installed regardless of the season. So you can buy and install them even during the wintertime.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can really save you a lot of money. With one of these devices, you can ensure that the furnace doesn’t have to run at full tilt when everyone is away at work, school, or elsewhere. You can dial it down a few degrees during the times of day when the home is unoccupied and then ensure that the temperature increases when people are home. Of course, you want to be mindful of your pets. You’ll want the home to be comfortable for them whether or not any of your family members are home.
Get Energy Efficient Appliances
Do you have older appliances — like a fridge, stove, or waster-dryer combo — that you’ve been thinking of replacing? Newer appliances, especially those with the Energy Star certification label, are much more energy efficient than are appliances from yesteryear.
Let in the Light
When you combine the heat from your furnace with the heat from the sun, you’ll end up with a much cozier interior environment. So take advantage of the heat that the sun offers. During the cold winter months, the sun’s rays can help to make home sweet home more comfortable.
These are some of the things you can do this winter to reduce your utility bills and keep more money in your pocket. If you want to get replacement windows, or you want a professional opinion on whether or not yours should be changed, Brock Doors and Windows Ltd. is here to help. You can reach us at 1 (800) 449-3808 or you can contact us to schedule your no-obligation consultation.
With showrooms located across the Greater Toronto Area and Simcoe County, you can experience our products and services firsthand before committing to your investment. Visit your local Brock showroom Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.