These days, it’s all about saving energy. From energy-efficient utilities to insulation and preventative measures, there are many ways we can save a few dollars (or big buck) on our home housing costs and protect the environment.
One effective way to save energy is by renovating your windows and doors. These areas are the home’s access to the outside world, but with poor design or leaky cracks, they could be costing you. Let’s look at the easy fixes to help you get on the track to saving energy with your windows and doors.
Search for Cracks
Cracks in window seals and under doors can cause air leaks. Unfortunately, air leaks can be a drain on your home energy bills, making your thermostat constantly work to keep your desired temperature. Check for cracks around windows and apply caulk and weather strip your doors to prevent these air leaks.
Replace and Renovate
In some cases, you’ll want to completely replace your windows or doors for a tighter seal and better longevity. Energy-efficient windows not only provide a strong seal between the inside and outside of your home, they are also often created with special gas chamber that further reduce energy loss.
Apply for Assistance
Need help restoring your windows? There are several government programs in place to help you improve your home’s efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is in place to help reduce energy usage and costs and provide assistance in improving energy efficiency for low-income households. The Low-Income Weatherization Program is a California Climate Investment which helps to improve our public health and environment with community solar and energy efficiency programs.
New Windows and Doors, Less Energy
Improve your home’s energy efficiency, help the environment, and reduce your annual costs (up to $500!) but putting some extra care into your windows and doors.