It’s hard to think about snow days and frigid temperatures when it’s still nice outside, but planning ahead is the best thing you can do for your home’s energy efficiency. If you want to reduce energy, save money, and stay comfortable this season, now is the time to start preparing so that you get it right before the cold temperatures arrive.
Beat the Winter Rush
Once winter hits, many homeowners will turn on their heating systems for the first time and they’ll find a problem. When call volumes go up, wait times also increase and emergency rates are turned on in some cases. If you need a heating system repair or replacement, now is the best time to do it. There are pre-season offers available and you can get your system taken care of quickly without peak pricing. If you’re not sure what you need, scheduling a heating system check-up is a great way to prep your system and have it checked for any potential problems. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) both recommend proper maintenance to save energy and money, protect your home, and prolong the life of your heating system.
Rely on Comfort
When you have a check-up completed on your heating system, you will be confident that your system will be there when you’re ready to turn it on. If you prep ahead of time, you don’t have to worry about your family or guests being cold due to an unexpected issue. Insulation and air sealing are other great ways to boost the comfort in your home before cold temps roll in. When you complete a Mass Save® Home Energy Assessment, you can get 75% off insulation and 100% off air sealing through the no-cost program. This energy efficiency program is funded through a charge on your monthly energy bill so participation in the assessment is of no additional cost to you. If you’re a Massachusetts homeowner or renter, sign up here for all of the energy efficiency offers. When you prepare ahead of time, you get peace of mind that comfort awaits during the cold days and nights ahead.
Increase Home Energy Efficiency
When you check off all the winter preparation boxes, you are ensuring that your home performs its best when the winter winds pick up and the temperatures drop – from day one! An energy-efficient home means that you will be saving money and energy every day of the season, and you won’t miss any savings because you waited until mid-season to make energy efficiency upgrades to your home. Here is a list of things you can do (at little to no cost) to increase the performance of your home before winter hits:
- Insulate your home (75%+ off approved insulation offer available)
- Air seal your home (100% off air sealing upgrade offer available)
- Install programmable thermostats (No-cost offer available)
- Complete a heating system check-up (pre-season special offer available)
These updates will put you in a great spot to start off the season and you’ll be ahead of your neighbors. To access any of these offers, call HomeWorks Energy at (781) 305-3319 and we’ll show you how to take advantage of the various programs and special discounts available to Massachusetts homeowners and renters.
Save Money on Energy
“Heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 42% of your utility bill,” says the U.S. DOE. If you’re going to dedicate that much of your paycheck to heating your home, why not do it right? When you increase the ability of your home to keep winter elements outside, you can drastically reduce your monthly energy costs. Your heating system won’t have to work as hard with the proper insulation and air sealing in place and it will be able to perform its best with a completed checkup. This means you won’t waste any energy or money to heat your home this season. From day one, you will be ahead of the game. Saving money also includes the surprise breakdowns, costly repairs, and other expensive issues that you’ll be avoiding by being proactive! Don’t overpay for heating for the first 3 months of winter; prepare now and save from the start!
Ensure Your Safety
Staying ahead of preventable issues means everything when it comes to protecting your family and your home. Bursting water pipes and CO poisoning are just two examples of preventable problems that can harm you and your home. If your heating system stops working while you’re on vacation, you could come back to standing water inside your home and damaged furniture and belongings.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “carbon monoxide exposures and poisonings occur more often during the fall and winter, when people are more likely to use gas furnaces and heaters.” When you hire a professional to do a heating system checkup, safety is an element that will be covered so that you get peace of mind that there aren’t any dangers or potential threats present to your family when you start using your heating system.
At HomeWorks Energy, we can help you prepare your home for winter. We do it all including insulation, air sealing, heating system replacement and repair, and seasonal check-ups. We offer no-cost assessments and consultations, depending on your needs, and we can show you how to access all kinds of rebates, incentives, and no-cost items to improve the energy efficiency of your home the affordable and easy way.
Visit our website here or call us at (781) 305-3319 and we’ll get you on the calendar before winter hits!