Green living doesn’t just contribute to a better environment—it can also make a huge difference to your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. Aside from recycling, there are plenty of ways homeowners can go green. Renewal by Andersen® of Greater Philadelphia, your premier door and window replacement expert, shares four of them.
Switch Lighting and Appliances to Energy-Efficient Types
When your old lightbulbs or appliances, like your fridge or washer, are starting to fail, it’s a good idea to replace them with more energy-efficient models. Look for the white and blue ENERGY STAR® label when shopping for replacements. This tells you that the lighting or appliance has passed strict energy performance ratings, and are less likely to consume too much energy when used.
Make sure your windows keep airtight seals
This means checking them for small gaps or openings where outside air can leak in, or heating and cooling energy can leak out. With perfectly sealed windows, you can keep a consistent temperature inside your home, while preventing excessive energy loss. Here’s another tip: keep your windows open on hot days so you can cool your home without relying too much on air conditioning.
Wash laundry in cold water when possible
You should try to wash full loads, as well. If this isn’t possible, you should change your water setting according to the load’s size. Speaking of water, have you checked your faucets lately? Leaky faucets can waste more than a thousand gallons of water per year, so make sure to have them repaired promptly.
Replace old and failing patio doors
Aside from being a safety hazard, damaged patio doors can contribute to considerable energy leakage. Are your existing ones cracked, faded, or out of alignment? If they are, then now is the perfect time for a replacement. Like replacement windows, newer patio doors now come with a variety of features that not only ensure sturdy and effortless performance, but take into account your home’s energy efficiency, as well.
Check out the hinged French and sliding doors from Renewal by Andersen of Greater Philadelphia. They are specially designed to stand up to the harsh elements and constant use with their superior weather-stripping and interlocking features. They keep an airtight seal that prevents energy loss and come with advanced glass technology that reduces heat and cold transfer into your home. This way, you can enjoy more thermally comfortable spaces, while saving more on energy.
It’s easy to go green when you invest in patio door replacement from Renewal by Andersen® of Greater Philadelphia. We serve NY homeowners in and around New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA. Call us today at (610) 563-2190 or fill out this form to schedule your free consultation.