Freeze Warning: Save money on utility bills even in 'drafty conditions'
Families are cozying up in their homes and cranking up the heat as frigid weather sends a chill over our area and across much of the U.S. Upcoming utility bills will be a costly reminder of the cold snap, but those bills don’t have to break the bank.
The secret for local families to save money and stay warm this winter is to block those pesky air leaks that sneak in through doors and windows.
Reducing drafts in your home can save up to 20% on your utility bill, according to the U.S. Energy Department.
Up to 30% of a home’s heating energy is lost through your windows
Our experts have money-saving tips to remedy a drafty home!
In a highly visual demonstration, local pros with Window World, America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, will demonstrate inexpensive solutions to drafty doors and windows using numerous props.
Our experts are available on any virtual platform to perform the freeze test demonstration to show the difference between high-quality windows and drafty windows. They will place freeze spray on one side of an energy-efficient window to demonstrate how the cold air won’t penetrate the other side, which remains warm to the touch.
Window World’s Top 7 Cost-Saving Solutions for Drafty Homes
Draft “Snakes” or “Stoppers” – Draft snakes, also called draft stoppers, can be made at home or purchased at local hardware stores. The long and thin tube-shaped material is filled with sand, rice, or some other grainy substance to give it weight. You place the tube in front of the window or door to block out cold air.
Locking Windows: Something as simple as locking your windows can save you money, because locking windows further seals homes from the elements outside. Many people forget to check them as it gets colder.
Weatherstripping Windows and Doors: This project may take a little more time to DIY, but it could keep your heater from working overtime this winter. The materials can be purchased at local home improvement stores. Even if your doors and windows have weatherstripping, it may be time to for replacements. The materials are subject to wear and tear as they work to keep cold air out of your home.
Apply Temporary or Removable Caulk: Applying a removable caulk around the exterior frame of your leakiest windows is an economical way to void off drafts during the winter. It may prevent you from opening your windows, but it’s removable. Simply peel it off when the weather improves.
Window Insulation Kits: Window insulation kits come with double-sided tape and a plastic film you use to cover your window, creating an extra barrier between your cozy home and the cold outdoors. While this is an affordable way to block cold air, it’s a temporary and somewhat unsightly option. You also want to read product reviews to make sure the tape won’t peel your paint or damage your home when you remove the film.
Insulated Window Treatments: Most window treatments, including curtains and blinds, result in year-round energy savings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. While window treatments are a more expensive investment, they’re aesthetically pleasing, and many consider them well worth the cost due to energy savings.
Replacing Old Windows with Energy Efficient Options: If you’re looking for a more permanent solution to cold air leaks that overwork your heater, it may be time to consider replacing your windows. You can bank on a return on your investment. At Window World, we improve energy efficiency and increase curb appeal, helping you lower your utility bills while increasing your home’s resale value. According to EnergyStar, energy efficient windows can shrink energy bills by an average of 12% nationwide, and the savings can be even greater in more extreme climates.