With daily costs and monthly bills, saving money is a goal for many homeowners. If your utility bill is higher than you anticipated, you may start thinking about what you can do to increase your home’s energy efficiency and lower bills for next month. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to achieve a more energy-efficient home. 

●        Adapt to Slightly-Cooler Temperatures | On days you’re out of the house, or when you go on vacation, consider turning down your thermostat a few degrees. By lowering your thermostat a few degrees while you’re at work, or simply getting used to a slightly cooler home, you can decrease the amount you owe on your energy bills. 

●        Replace Your Windows | If you notice your older windows have become particularly drafty over the years, it may be time to consider getting new windows installed. Modern windows are more energy-efficient than older windows and prevent air leakage, which results in lower energy bills. If you’re interested in new windows for your home, contact Intelligent Design Corp for a professional and efficient window installation experience! 

●        Resist Using Space Heaters | Rather than turning to a space heater this winter, bundle up with an extra pair of socks and a warm blanket. While they certainly are cozy, space heaters require a lot of energy and can make your electric bills go through the roof. 

●        Take Showers Instead of Baths | Another way to increase the energy efficiency in your home and cut down on those pesky bills is to watch your water usage. Try turning off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth. Taking a shower instead of a bath will also ensure you use less water. Being mindful of your water usage will make a difference in your monthly bills. 

●        Insulate Your Attic | Poor insulation allows air leaks to happen frequently, which decreases the energy efficiency in your home. Insulating your attic will help cut down on your energy usage by preventing air leaks from occurring. At Intelligent Design Corp, we offer top-of-the-line attic insulation services to help you maximize the energy efficiency of your home. 

●        Replace Your Entry Door/Install a Storm Door | Another large source of air leaks is your front door. If you’re noticing a draft near your front door, consider getting it replaced with a newer and more energy-efficient one. Installing a storm door can also help restrict air leaks from occurring. 

Following these simple steps can help lower your energy bills and save you money every month. When it comes to siding, roofing, and insulation, contact Intelligent Design Corp. We offer home improvement services that will keep your energy bills low and your home’s comfort level high.