Central Massachusetts Home Heating Costs Rising This Winter. What Can You Do?
Temperatures are dropping, but heating costs for central Massachusetts homeowners are rising – steeply. That’s the message from state officials, who predict that, “It’s going to be a very expensive winter.”
In an article published on the GoLocalWorcester.com website, author Nicholas Handy writes;
Natural gas, electricity, and wood are all expected to rise in price this winter. And while propane and heating oil prices are expected to go down in price compared to last year – where a combination of supply disruptions and one of the coldest winters on record drove prices up – they still remain quite high at $3.60 and $3.30 respectively.
You can’t avoid higher heating costs. But you can help to reduce the money you spend to stay safe and warm by reducing the amount of fuel you burn to heat your home.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that up to 30 percent of the energy used to heat a home is “lost” through poorly insulated doors and windows. If you can stop that energy loss you can better regulate the interior temperature of your home and cut the demand on your heating system.
The first and most effective “stop loss” location is your windows. If your home’s windows are more than 10 years old they are the most likely cause of energy loss. One way to tell is to feel the inside of the glass on your windows on a cold day. Is it cool to the touch? Does condensation build up on the inside of the window? Does a slight breeze rustle your curtains, even when the windows are closed?
The glass and frame materials used in older windows were never up to the task of providing effective insulation. Advances in materials such as insulated vinyl frames, multi-pane thermal glass, and improved seals make today’s windows much more energy efficient. They create an effective barrier to keep the cold out and heat from escaping.
As a result you can keep your home warm and comfortable without having to turn the thermostat up or having the furnace kick in every few minutes. So you burn less fuel (oil, gas, electricity, etc.) and spend less money every month this winter, next winter, and every winter after that.
Its not too late to get this important upgrade done in time to save money this winter. Call to schedule a free in-home consultation with Rescom Exteriors by calling us toll-free at (866) 410-5884. Or visit our web site at www.iwantnewwindows.com.