When electricity is the main source of heating and cooling in the home, it is important to make sure that the energy consumed is providing the most benefit. This will often mean taking a look around the home and identify anything that may be triggering any waste of that energy. One factor to consider closely is the condition of the windows.
Older Windows and Energy Waste
Over time, windows will begin to wear out. When this happens, the windows can no longer function as an effective barrier between the interior of the home and what is going on outside. While that is not a big problem when the weather is nice and the windows are open anyway, it is a big deal during the summer heat and the winter cold.
Simply put, older windows that are not in good condition will mean that it takes more energy to heat and cool the home. When this is the case, the homeowner can expect to experience a high electric bill every month. That situation will continue until he or she chooses to do something about the windows.
Repair or Replace the Windows?
Depending on just how bad the current windows happen to be, it may be possible to repair them. Adding weather stripping can help to block the small gaps where air is seeping through. Filling any gaps around the window frame will also help.
If the windows are in significantly bad shape, replacing them is the best option. Consider investing in newer metal or vinyl windows that will resist deterioration in the years to come. While this approach will mean a major investment up front, the homeowner will see a noticeable reduction in energy costs from the very first month.
While comparing pricing with different energy companies is important, the homeowner should not stop there. Even after that lower rate is locked in, there is still many ways to reduce overall energy consumption. By taking the time to make sure the windows are energy efficient, it is possible to ensure that the power used to heat and cool the home provides the most benefit per kilowatt.