Whether it is a hefty water bill, an increasing electric and oil bill, or anything in between, being a homeowner can quickly add up in terms of bills for necessary utilities. As winter approaches, there is no better time to improve and prepare your home so you and your loved ones stay warm and dry this season, all while cutting unnecessary costs. To help you achieve a decrease in your fall bills, the industry experts here at Professional Building Services have compiled a list of projects and tasks that will help you ensure your home is as energy-efficient as possible, lowering your overall utility bills!
How To Decrease Your Bills This Fall:
Insulate Your Attic
You do not think about the attic inside your home in your day-to-day household chores. However, when your attic is not adequately insulated, air can leak through, causing ice dams in the winter, driving up the cost of your heating and eventual repair bill. Signs to look for include light coming in through any holes or cracks. This issue can be an easy DIY repair if it is small. However, it is best to call a professional roofer to give you a proper home energy assessment to determine the extent of the damage.
Replace The Filter In Your HVAC
Your HVAC system, like any piece of equipment or machinery in your home, will accumulate dust and debris that will need to be cleaned out. This filter build-up is an easy fix that needs to be completed, as dirt and dust can clog your system, increasing the need for more energy. According to the Department of Energy, replacing an old HVAC filter with a new one can reduce costs by 5% to 15%. By changing the filter, you could be saving some profound change!
Switch Out Old Appliances For New
Whether it’s a refrigerator, dishwasher, dryer, washer, or any other home appliance, the older they are, the less efficient they are. Home appliances are continuously being improved and reinvented to be as energy-efficient as possible. Suppose you currently have an appliance over 15 years old. In that case, we recommend switching to a newer model, as you are guaranteed higher energy efficiency, saving you money down the road.
Seal Or Replace Windows
Windows, specifically single-pane windows, are one of the most significant increases in utility bills if they are old, need replacement, or are not appropriately sealed. Single-pane windows are 25% less efficient than double-pane windows. If you are looking to replace your windows, we recommend switching over to double panes. However, if you want a quick and easy fix, you can seal your single-pane windows with a simple DIY project. This DIY includes caulking your windows sealing out the potential for outside air to travel in. This quick fix can increase your home’s efficiency by about 20%, Saving your heating bill in the process!
Get Exterior Contracting Quotes in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, & Southern Maine Today!
If you own a home in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Southern Maine and are in search of quotes for exterior projects, the team of industry experts at Professional Building Services would be happy to help. Professional Building Services provides next-level contracting solutions for homeowners looking for a team that goes the extra mile. Call us at 1-603-836-9755 or contact us online to get started. We offer free estimates on all our services in Manchester, Salem, Nashua, and the surrounding areas. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you bring your outdoor vision to life!