5 Tips for Improving Energy Efficiency

Home Improvement Winter TipsNew Jersey winters are not for the faint of heart. Temperatures easily reach below freezing for months on end. Most people want to crank up the thermostat and stay indoors. However, what also happens this time of year is that Sussex County residents find themselves staring at higher utility bills. So how can you save money while still heating your home this winter? Consider these tips for enhancing your home’s energy efficiency from Tom Madsen LLC.

1. Look for drafts.

Windows, doors, exterior walls, and attic doors are often areas that let cold air in and hot air out. Check your home for these drafty areas, and note what the problem is (broken window, faulty door seal, and so on). Once you know what problems exist, you can begin to find solutions.

2. Check your attic insulation.

If it’s been a while since you’ve assessed your attic insulation and ventilation, now might be a good time. Hot air rises and can easily escape through your attic if it’s not properly insulated. If you aren’t sure what to look for in your attic, contact a home-improvement professional to help you out.

3. Consider window replacement.

Old, wooden windows or damaged windows easily bleed your home’s hot air. While you may want to wait until spring or summer, put window replacement on your list of home improvements that will enhance your home’s efficiency.

4. Assess your exterior doors.

Any door leading to the outdoors needs to be well-insulated and sealed tight. It’s easy for drafts to occur around exterior doors, so check to see whether everything is functioning correctly. If you notice drafts near your front door and need a second opinion, call one of our contractors to assess whether the door needs repair or replacement.

5. Turn down the thermostat.

Don’t freeze out your family. However, when you’re asleep or away for the day, turn down your thermostat a few degrees, or invest in a programmable thermostat that will do the job for you. Doing so can help your energy bills stay lower.

Need some help on these energy-saving projects? Contact the home-improvement professionals at Tom Madsen at (973) 875-9716. We have helped countless Sussex County, NJ, residents with their home projects. From window replacement to home additions, we do it all, and we can help you find ways to stay warmer this winter.


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