Energy Conservation – Simple Tips That Will Reduce Your Energy Bills

There are many good reasons to conserve energy. If we use less gas, oil and electricity we will save money, and the pollution associated with extracting and using fossil fuels will decrease. Reducing greenhouse gas production may help to reverse global warming. In a nutshell – conservation of energy has both personal and societal benefits.

Most people are concerned with making their money last longer and energy conservation can help by reducing our energy costs. Homeowners can do many things to cut down on their energy needs. Perhaps the best thing they can do to is to install better insulation to retain warm and cool air.

Heating and air conditioning are the biggest energy consumers of the average household. Much of the heat and cool air escapes because of poorly insulated roofs, walls, doors, and windows. In fact in a lot of cases heating and cooling is responsible for around 50% of your energy costs. Improving insulation will result in greater conservation of energy and lesser energy costs. Small changes in this area can result in dramatic reduction in your monthly payment to your utility company.

Old cooling and heating appliances should be replaced with newer models which are more energy efficient. Other large appliances like refrigerators can also be replaced with newer models that are designed to conserve energy. Always make sure you read the energy label, if you do, you will often find that a cheap product in fact can be expensive in its everyday use because of its energy consumption.

Traditional light bulbs are inefficient because much of the energy they consume is converted to heat. Replacing all your incandescent bulbs with compact florescent bulbs will provide the same level at light with less energy consumption. Even though the cost of these bulbs is greater than traditional bulbs, they last up to 20 times longer, resulting in significant overall savings.

Using alternative energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines can greatly reduce the amount of energy needed from traditional sources. The electricity produced by these devices can be fed back into the local power grid if it is not immediately used by the household. This reduces the power bill even further (the power meter runs backwards) while supplying clean power to your community.

Conservation of energy is something that everyone can contribute to. By being careful in how we use our resources we are building a society for our children and grandchildren.

7 Window Cleaning Tips For That Special Sparkle

A sparkling window is the desire of everyone. Clean, bright shiny windows add a new look to every house. Like furniture, windows require their own cleaning methodology to keep them looking new and tidy. Here are 7 simple ideas to give your windows a marvelous shine.

1) Ensure that you dry your windows in one direction – leftwards or rightwards. Mixing the direction will leave unpleasant streaks on the glass and make it look untidy.

2) Before you wipe the window glass, remove all dust from the windows so that in applying a wet cloth, you do not leave mud on the window. Water and dust will form mud.

3) If you are cleaning window sills, rub the whole surface with a damp cloth sprayed with alcohol so that all the spots will clear off for a beautiful shine.

4) Windows are very sensitive to dirt. You should therefore apply only clean water in cleaning windows and in cases where you use damp cloth, use only clean cloths.

5) If the glass is greasy or smoky, apply some vinegar to the water before you clean the window. Vinegar removes grease without leaving streaks or stains.

6) When cleaning windows which are beyond the reach of your hand, use a step ladder if the height is medium or use a regular ladder if quite high. Always ensure that the safety clip is on and if possible, get someone to hold the base of the ladder for safety reasons.

7) Sprays are convenient to use than buckets of water. In cleaning windows of considerable heights, try to use sprays instead of buckets of water as they can spill and you will have to do everything again. The sheer weight and burden will get you tired easily.

Getting a window to shine is an easy task. All you need is the above window cleaning tips.

Sometimes, though, just having clean windows isn’t enough. If your windows are drafty and don’t keep the weather outside where it belongs, it may be time to call us. CLICK HERE to get a free copy of our Windows Information Kit, and see how Lifestyle Lifetime Replacement Windows can improve the look, comfort, and efficiency of your home.
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Energy-Efficient Windows: It’s About Home Comfort

Energy-efficient windows are one of the most important investments you can make in the long-term value of your home. If any of the windows in your home are leaking air and you are thinking about replacing them, a little bit of planning will cut your energy bill and guarantee you a more comfortable, draft-free home for years to come.

When buying new windows, it’s worthwhile to select the best high-performance models available. They’ll pay you back in increased comfort, better draft and moisture control, improved health and lower heating and cooling costs. The difference is because of the use of insulated spacers, low-E film on the glass and an inert gas, such as argon or krypton, to fill the space between the two panes of glass. Because the inert gas stops heat transfer between the two panes, the inside pane stays much warmer and comfortable to the touch. Energy-efficient windows will increase the resale value of your home by making it more comfortable, and they also help block outside noise.

Energy-efficient windows should be installed properly by a qualified contractor. That’s why Lifestyle Home Products trains and certifies our own team in the proper manufacture and installation of every custom window we build.

To find out just how efficient our Canadian climate windows are, talk to one of our product specialists today. Getting your windows up to the highest standard now, before the weather gets colder, can save you a lot of money on your energy costs over the winter while greatly enhancing the indoor comfort of your home year-round. Call 1-800-465-0593 for more information, and book your free consultation today!

 

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