Tips to Cut Garage Energy Costs
When you think of cutting energy costs in your home, you probably see your kitchen and bathrooms as the culprits of costly operation. You may not know that your garage could be costing you a pretty penny in energy efficiency too. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and cut garage energy costs, follow these tips.
- Insulation: If you have an attached garage, your home shares walls with your house itself. A lack of insulation can cause hot and cold air to flow back and forth through those walls and make controlling your home’s temperature harder. Insulation will prevent thermal energy from escaping your home and keep fumes from your car from seeping into your home.
- Concrete Floors: Even if you have cement floors, continual changes in temperature can cause them to crack. Those cracks, no matter the size, seriously decrease your ability to control temperatures in your garage. You can seal cracks with concrete caulk, but also try laying mats and carpets down to control climate changes.
- LED Lights: LED Lights help reduce your home’s overall carbon footprint by running on less energy than common CFL bulbs do. If you find yourself leaving the lights on in your garage, invest in a light timer to shut them off automatically as a way to cut energy costs even more.
- Older Appliances: Many of us have a spare refrigerator or freezer in our garage. If yours is a bit older, it may be time to replace it with a more energy efficient model. It costs more to run an older appliance than it does to invest in a newer, Energy StarⓇ one.
- Seals & Thresholds: A quick way for hot and cold air to move throughout our homes is through the connecting door and garage door itself. Repair any cracks, rips, or gaps in your weatherstripping to prevent air from going in or out of your garage. Also, check your weatherstripping regularly as it tends to wear down and need replacing over time.
There are a bunch of improvements you can make to cut garage energy costs and increase efficiency. Plus, by following these tips, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and helping our planet. Garage Door Center offers garage door repairs to help keep your garage as energy efficient as possible.
For more information on the garage door repair services we offer, call 203-255-3033 and set up an appointment to swing by our Fairfield, CT showroom.
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