How to Prevent Energy from Sneaking out your Windows
What is the single best thing you can do to cut your energy usage and your utility bills? If you said, “turn off more lights,” you are wrong. You are not alone, and you may be a bit surprised to learn that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting accounts for only 6% of home energy use. The big energy hog of a home is its heating system, accounting for 45% of the total energy usage of an average household.
During the winter, most homes lose a lot of heat out the windows and, at the same time, homeowners neglect to capitalize on the rays of the winter sun. Statistics, as shown below, reveal a remarkable percentage of unnecessary heat loss and heat waste. Though much emphasis has been placed on making sure windows are well-sealed, another powerful strategy for conserving energy is often overlooked. While the government wrangles with global warming and trying to reduce the use of fossil-based fuels, you can start today making a big difference in energy use in your own home.