Columbus winter weather is officially upon us, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who cringed thinking about their electric bill while giving in and turning the heat on. However, with some of these simple fixes you won’t have to sacrifice comfort for a cheaper bill. In fact, these options can save you money while keeping you comfortable and making your home more energy efficient!
10-25% of thermal energy loss is through the windows, this can easily be reduced with the help of blackout curtains. Blackout curtains are a great budget friendly option that not only keep heat in during the winter, reduce heat let in during the summer, but also reduce the amount of noise let in through the windows.
DOOR DRAFT BLOCKER
Draft blockers for doors are another simple solution to keep heat and air conditioning inside your house when it’s being used, as well as keeping out cold drafts and heat waves during the summer and winter months. Most door blockers slide easily onto the bottom of your door for a quick and simple fix!
CHANGE CEILING FAN DIRECTION
Perhaps one the best kept secrets and the cheapest way to improve your home’s energy efficiency is a simple as flipping a switch on your ceiling fan. During the summer months press the button on the side of your fan to forward so that your blades spin counter clockwise.This will make the fan push cool air down, creating a cooling effect on the room. During the winter months switch the button towards reverse so that the blades spin clockwise. This pushes the naturally rising warm air back down towards the ground, warming the room.
LOW FLOW SHOWER HEAD
Conventional shower heads use on average 5 gallons of water per minute, which can add up when the shower is run every day, multiple times a day. Low flow shower heads cut the gallons per minute of water used in half, greatly reducing your water bill and improving your home’s water efficiency.
WINDOW DRAFT BLOCKER
Drafty windows are one of the biggest culprits in your home having poor energy efficiency. Like door blockers, window draft blockers slide easily onto the bottom of your window creating a seal between the outside and inside of your house. This keeps the warm air in during the winter while keeping out the cold air, and the cold air in during the summer while keeping out heat.
While all these options are great, they will only go so far if you don’t have energy efficient windows. Improveit! Home Remodeling specializes in energy efficient windows in and around Columbus. Our windows are not only energy efficient and can save you money on your electric bill, they also come with a lifetime warranty. Improve your home’s look and energy efficiency with a free quote today!