Lower Your Bill Without Lowering the Thermostat
You already know how that adds up because here in the Northeast an average homeowner uses between 650 and 1,000 gallons of heating oil – not for the year, but just during a typical winter! That's no guess, that's a U.S. Energy Information Administration statistic from www.eia.doe.gov/.
Of course, your heating bill also depends on variables such as outside temp, inside temp, efficiency of insulation, and heat loss through such culprits as old or inefficient windows. You can't have control of the outside temperature, but you can take control of your inside heat and keep it from escaping out the window. And you can do it in time for winter by upgrading to energy efficient replacement windows and entry doors. To get the optimal cost/value, you'll want expert installation of the best rated products -- a reason to go with Innovation Construction Company. And this month is the time to get with us on that project, because through December 15th of this year, we're offering 25% off installation.
The biggest percentage of heat loss in homes is through energy-leaking windows and entry doors. With the right product selection and proper installation, your home can be made more energy efficient by up to 74% by upgrading to energy efficient replacement windows and entry doors. In fact, in a very old house with original single-pane windows, the loss can be up to 84%, according to the National Fenestration Rating Council .
If you're able to keep 74% of that heat from escaping out the window – and the door – that 74% looks pretty good with oil prices at three-plus dollar per gallon. And if heating oil keeps going up (and that definitely looks like the pattern right now), that 74% looks better and better.
The savings on energy and heating oil costs, plus Innovation Construction Company's December offer of 25% off installation, are good reasons to get your replacement windows installed by the end of this year. But there's even more incentive to get it done now. That's your "window" of opportunity for the Federal Energy Tax Credit of up to $1,500 on eligible energy-saving upgrades -- and the window closes December 31, 2010.
Chuckle of the Week
Things to look for when the temperature hits 25:
- Boston water freezes
- Californians weep pitiably
- Minnesotans eat ice cream
- Canadians go swimming