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Home Sweet (Efficient) Home: Winter-Proofing Tips for Energy Savings

Updated: Nov 2

Practicing home insulation
Practicing home insulation

With winter coming soon, the TriVistaUSA Build team spent a training day practicing precise insulation techniques and learning about different sealant products to bring into our clients homes.

At this time of the year, DC area homes can start to feel the pinch of heating expenses, which typically account for 55 percent of our annual energy budget according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Residential Program Guide Data Facts. To put it into perspective, just keeping the inside of your walls warm costs more than all the water heating, electronic appliances and lighting expenses combined.

And as energy costs continue to soar year after year, you might have wondered if the words 'winter' and 'energy savings' could ever peacefully coexist in a sentence.

Thankfully, you're not alone!

Energy efficient homes are more than just a dream. Here are our top tips for keeping more heat in your energy efficient home this winter and less money out of your pocket.

Home insulation
Home insulation

Seal the Cracks and Drafts

Proper home insulation is one of the most effective ways to lower energy costs during the winters. Check for any gaps or cracks in your doors and windows. These sneaky drafts can let in the cold air and send your heating bills skyrocketing. According to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners typically save 15%-50% on heating and cooling costs just by upgrading their home insulation and sealing their attics, doors, windows, and walls. Simple solutions like weatherstrips, caulking, or even stylish draft stoppers can make a substantial difference.

Kitchen with new appliances

Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances

Energy-efficient home appliances may come with a slightly higher upfront price tag, but the investment is well worth it. According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, these appliances offer substantial long-term savings of up to 50% on utility bills, making them a smart choice for your home. Whether it's a new refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, or other household devices, making the switch not only reduces your energy consumption but also adds a modern touch to your home. It’s a win win!

Home with insulated porch

Let the Sun Shine In

Take advantage of natural heat by keeping your curtains open during the day. Sunlight can effectively warm up your rooms without costing you a dime. Remember to close them at night to retain the warmth. If you're planning on a remodel, think about ways to maximize natural light and ventilation. Well-placed windows and skylights can reduce the need for artificial lighting and ventilation systems, and they can bring a touch of charm into your home. If your taste allows, consider larger or additional windows during your home remodeling project to invite even more sunshine into your space.

Get a Smarter Home for Smarter Savings

If you’re considering a remodel, Integrating smart technology into your home is a great way to save energy. Smart thermostats, lighting systems, and appliances can be controlled remotely, allowing you to optimize energy usage. It's like having your home respond intelligently to your comfort needs.

Programmable Thermostats for the Win

Invest in a programmable thermostat if you haven't already. It allows you to adjust the temperature automatically, so you're not heating an empty house. According to the Department of Energy, turning down your thermostat by as little as 1 degree Fahrenheit throughout the day, you could save as much as 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling costs. It's like a personal butler for your comfort and your wallet.

Whether your winter-proofing checklist spans a complete home remodel or just a few energy-efficient upgrades, remember that every step you take gets you one cozy stride closer to a snug, eco-friendly haven!

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