Fall has once again come to Connecticut, which means a few things have become certainties: college football on Saturdays, the return of your favorite jacket to your wardrobe and the appearance of Halloween decorations in stores.
Another certainty is the eventual change of the weather from pleasant and crisp to cold and miserable. Luckily, the weather in October is generally nice enough to allow you to make some renovations to your home to save energy once the temperature begins to drop.
At Putnam Bank, we not only want to provide ways to save you money, but also make sure you can live comfortably. We’ve compiled a few fall home improvements you can make to save energy and money for the rest of the fall and into the winter.
Replace your windows with energy-efficient models
“They’re just windows, how much can they really help?” The answer: a lot. Energy Star estimates that for the region that includes Connecticut, replacing a single-pane window with an energy-efficient model will save $353 and about 2,700 pounds of CO2 per year (the equivalent of about 137 gallons of gasoline). Now multiply that times the number of windows you replace and you’re looking at quite the savings.
Thirty to 40 percent of your heating costs are lost to air leaks, according to Energy Star. Weather stripping materials start for around $5 in most home improvement stores, making them an inexpensive way to patch up any areas where you may be losing heat.
A programmable thermostat
By setting a heating schedule for your home, you are able to determine when your furnace is on and how hard it is working. A programmable thermostat adds credence to the motto, “Work smarter, not harder.”
Adding or replacing insulation
This can help reduce your heating costs by as much as 20 percent according to Green Energy Solutions, Inc. It’s another cost-effective way to make your home energy efficient, as a roll of insulation starts at $15-20.
Installing low-flow faucets and showerheads
Reduce the amount of work your water heater does by limiting how much hot water you use with low-flow faucets and showerheads. Combine these with shorter showers, and you’re looking at a flood of savings.
Before undertaking an energy saving project, be sure it fits your budget. You can also visit any Putnam Bank office and talk about financing options to help prepare your home for winter.
We hope to see you soon!
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