Dispelling Energy Saving Myths
Some energy-saving myths have been repeated so many times that people believe they’re true. We’re here to set the record straight.
Myth 1: Replacing windows is a good investment
New windows can increase security and comfort, but they’ll take 20 to 30 years to pay for themselves.
Replacing single-pane windows with double-pane low-e windows will save energy and money, according to the ENERGY STAR®
program website, but In a house with 20 windows, it’ll take you almost 24 years to recoup the cost of the new windows.
Myth 2: Exterior caulking is the best way to seal leaks
Done correctly, exterior caulking keeps out water. But if you want to make your house more energy efficient, work inside, not outside.
Seal attic air leaks and spray expanding foam in basement leaks, such as around cables coming into the house.