Winter is well on its way—people are preparing for Thanksgiving, stores are selling holiday items and the temperatures are plunging. Northwest Indiana has already had snow! Are you looking for ways to save on your energy bills this winter?
What can you do during the long cold months ahead to cut heating costs?
How You Can Save Energy This Winter
There are plenty of ways to save energy during the winter:
- When you’re home, set your thermostat as low as possible while still comfortable (68 is good) and even lower when you go to sleep or leave the house.
- Consider a programmable thermostat for even higher energy savings.
- Replace furnace filters on a regular basis (generally, every one – three months)
- Use appliances efficiently (do only full loads of laundry, run the dishwasher when it’s full, etc.). Have really old appliances? Consider purchasing new ENERGY STAR rated ones.
- Use energy-efficient lights—LED lights and CFL bulbs (replace old incandescent bulbs).
- Install more home insulation.
- Make sure you have no air leaks and get your home sealed; caulking around windows and doors is particularly important.
- Replace your old front door with a new energy-efficient entry door.
- Replace your old, drafty windows with new energy-efficient windows.
- Install a new garage door (an insulated door can help you reduce energy bills even more).
Is Your Garage Door Prepared for the Cold Season?
If your garage door is damaged or old, it’s a good idea to have a professional come out and inspect it and fix any problems so your door is in top condition for the winter. Winterizing your garage door is important if you want to save energy!
A new garage door will be more energy-efficient than your 20-year-old door that needs to be replaced. But our insulated garage doors—those in the Thermacore® collection in particular—can help you save even more! We offer all types of doors, from traditional steel to wood to fiberglass-clad, to meet every need.
If you live in central Indiana and want to replace your old garage door, Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie can help. We also offer services for insulation, windows and entry, security storm and patio doors. Contact us to learn more about our services!