Fall is the best time of the year for many of us. The cool day temps make us feel great and the cooler, starry nights make sleeping a whole lot easier.
Those living in older homes feel these seasonal changes more strongly. It’s not uncommon for some to suffer through 80+ temperatures in their 2nd floor rooms for 30 days each summer. And then feel the howling winter winds blow heat right out of their home.
Running the furnace or AC throughout the year is a worrying expense. Let’s say the average yearly energy bill is $2000. Now your energy bill is a menace and you’ve got a reason to buy new windows and doors.
What are the Trends in Energy Prices?
The good news is that natural gas prices will likely fall after 2014 as these pics below show. Supply is growing as shale gas deposits produce more and more.
The bad news is that electricity prices will not be falling. They’ll keep rising steadily, so if you’re still using electrical heat, you should take a look at alternatives right away. That’s a lot of money floating off into the cold winter night sky.
If the weather forecasts are correct, we’ll have some big storms but overall that shouldn’t cost us any more on a 6 month long winter.
Although energy costs look stable, you’re still facing a big heating and lighting bill for the next 6 months. The first step to saving money is to find out where the leaks are.
If you’re buying a home, some home inspectors offer thermal imaging for free as part of their inspection services. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay for someone to come and do a reading on your house/condo.
If you need motivation to get into the energy-saving mindset, read these 9 tips and then check out some of my other posts for insight on window buying.
9 Great Ways To Save Energy
- Use thermal imaging device to find leaks
- Use LED lighting
- Consider switching to geothermal heating
- Replace your old windows
- Use big windows and even sun tubes
- Replace your old doors with insulated doors
- High efficiency furnace with heat exchanger
- High efficiency air conditioner
- Replace/add attic and wall insulation