Make your home more energy efficient this winter

The holiday season is upon us, and with Christmas just a week away many folks are making last minute changes to their homes before hosting family and friends. Whether you are the holiday host or travel to be with loved ones, there are plenty of ways to make your home more energy efficient throughout the winter. Cut down on your energy costs and monthly bills by following these tips to make your house greener.

New windows: Old and poorly insulated windows are the greatest cause of heat loss and rising energy rates in homes. Have an energy audit done in your home to determine if it will be worth the long-term investment to install new windows. If you are thinking of this, be sure that the windows you choose are dual pane glass. The added layer of glass will prevent more cold air from entering and heat from escaping, saving you money each month.

More Insulation: The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has stated that insulation in a home prevents heat from leaving it, which will make you more comfortable while saving money. Insulation is relatively inexpensive and homeowners can easily install it themselves. The DOE estimates a family could cut up to 50 percent from their energy bills with a well-insulated attic.

Thicker Drapes: This is the easiest way to keep your home warm and lower your heating bills. Heavier drapes and shades over windows are better at keeping cold air outside than thinner materials. Be sure to keep them closed at night when the temperature drops, particularly during the winter, but open them up during the day to allow sunlight to naturally warm a room. This will save you electricity while also keeping the climate of your house consistent.

Contact Alban Inspections to help increase the energy efficiency of your home.