2 Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Energy costs are rising across the nation, which makes it more important than ever to make your home as energy-efficient as possible. Many homeowners overlook the windows and their effect on your home’s energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, windows account for up to 35 percent of home energy use due to heat loss and heat gain. Here are four ways you can save energy in your home by improving its windows.

1. Install New Windows

Modern windows are made with more effective glass that does a much better job insulating homes against outdoor temperatures than old single-pane windows. Multi-pane windows are especially effective at creating a durable thermal barrier that stops cold air from getting inside during the winter and causes your heater to run more. They also stop the sun’s hot UV rays from heating the inside of your home during the summer, which lowers your cooling costs.

2. Use Window Draperies

You need window treatments that help you control how much light the windows let into your home. Installing quality window draperies can help insulate against cold air during the winter and filter out the sun’s hot UV rays during the summer. You can use the draperies to control the amount of light, so you don’t have to use indoor lighting as much and save on your lighting costs.