Saving Energy At Home

Saving energy starts with you! As carbon emissions and waste become greater and greater problems, saving energy is more crucial than ever. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but every little thing counts– and the world won’t change until we do. Here’s how you can save energy– and lower energy expenses– at home.

Turn It Off

The simplest way to minimize your energy waste is to avoid using it. Of course, we don’t mean you should stop flushing the toilet and eat dinner in the dark, but throughout the day there are many times we use energy we don’t necessarily need. Turn off electric lights and use natural light whenever possible, especially in the summer months when the sun rises early and sets late. Only run your dishwasher when it’s full and try to run the tap as little as possible– don’t leave it on while you’re brushing your teeth or soaping up the dirty dishes. Take short, cooler showers and don’t idle your car in the driveway.

Fix It Up

Check for drafts around your windows and exterior door frames to avoid temperature-controlled air slipping out and cold or hot air slipping in. Leaks cause your HVAC system to work harder and drive up your energy bill as a result. If your windows need replacing, we offer energy-efficient vinyl windows that utilize eco-friendly building materials and multiple panes of glass. The latter minimize heat transfer along with a layer of non-toxic gas trapped between them, keeping more heat (or A/C) in and more cold (or summer heat) out.

If your home is drafty in other places, it may be time for new siding. CertainTeed insulated siding and house wrapstrengthens the barrier between your home and the elements, often reducing heating and A/C bills in the process. If air is escaping or entering your home where it shouldn’t, look into the issue and consider replacement materials to minimize your energy waste– and your energy expenses.

Go Green

Finally, explore environmentally-friendly options the next time you visit the store. Whether you’re shopping for groceries, household items, or even clothing, sustainable options are becoming more and more widely available. Did you know that you can save energy by avoiding meat and shopping locally? Chain stores using resources from other states or even countries pour a lot of money and energy into transportation of those products, and by avoiding non-sustainable options, you can help cut down on demand. This in turn decreases the amount of supply companies need to ship in, and eventually leads to shifts within the industry. Small actions can have big consequences– and hold a lot of environmental impact. Saving energy at home today leads to a safer and greener future!

Need Any Home Exterior Help?

We’re the company for you! At Schaefer Exteriors, we pride ourselves on our ability to serve a wide variety of areas spanning several states. No matter how far we travel to work with you, we see your project through from start to finish and ensure that you are fully satisfied with our work. Our service areas include Maryland, Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, Delaware, and Eastern West Virginia– so whether you need siding installed in Baltimore or replacement windows in Delaware, we can handle the job. To get started, give us a call today at 410-781-4028 (Local) or 888-781-4028 (Toll Free) or shoot us an email at We look forward to working with you!