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Nov 05, 2014
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Six Reasons Your Energy Costs are Killing You

When you’re a kid, getting mail can seem like the greatest thing in the world.  Whether it’s a letter from a pen pal, a birthday card with money or Sports Illustrated for Kids, a trip to the mailbox and finding something with your name on it, is a real treat.  Flash forward 30 years and a trip to the mailbox brings invites to overpriced home cleaning supply parties, offers to switch cable providers and the dreaded utility bill.  Many of us cringe as we rip the envelope open thinking “it can’t possibly be higher than last month…” only to find out it is!  Why continue to pay outrageous bills month after month, year after year?  Wouldn’t you rather get to the bottom of the situation and do something about it?  We’re here to clue you in on six reasons your energy bills are higher than they should be.

Inadequate Insulation: To have optimal energy efficiency in your home, you need to be properly insulated from your foundation all the way up to your roof. Sometimes, insulation in your home seems to be an overlooked area until you already have an issue with an ice dam or inconsistent temperatures throughout your home. Insulation is the single most important home improvement project to increase your comfort and save money on your energy bills.  (Shameless plug: Lindus Construction  performs home performance tests that utilize a blower door testing so that you can identify the problem areas in your home!)attic

Unreliable Windows & Doors: As the cooler weather sets in, it’s to your benefit to inspect the outside of your windows & doors for cracking and seal them. The use of weather-stripping and caulk around doors & windows will prevent cold air from entering the home, saving on your energy bills. You can also use shrink wrap around your windows if you do not plan on opening them for the winter. If you have older doors and windows, you can install storm doors & windows which can increase your home’s energy efficiency significantly.  If your home has single pane windows, consider upgrading to double or triple pane windows.  Multiple panes of glass trap a layer of air or gas between the panes increasing the insulating factors allowing less heat to pass through the window. If the space between the panes is filled with argon or krypton gas you will have more insulating power than just air.

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You’re Not Using a Programmable Thermostat: In the winter months, what’s the point of heating a home to a warm temperature when there’s no one there to use it?  With a programmable thermostat, you have the ability to control the temp throughout the day and ensure that the home is heated up to your ideal temperature before you arrive home from work or a weekend getaway.  It’s a simple solution that can make a big difference over time.

Your Furnace Filter: Every furnace has a filter which periodically will become clogged with particles floating in your home’s air.  Routinely changing the air  filter will not only keep your home’s air cleaner and reduce the strain on your furnace, it will also lower your energy costs.   furnace room

Your Chimney Damper is Open: The purpose of a chimney damper is to prevent your home’s heat from filtering out through the chimney when the fireplace is not in use.  Closing the damper after using the fireplace is a must or the temperature of your home can quickly lower and your furnace will need to work double time in order to get your home back to a comfortable temperature.

Outdated Appliances: As appliances reach the end of their lifespan, you can save beaucoup dollars on your energy bills by replacing them with ENERGY STAR rated appliances, which are certified to use significantly less energy than federal mandates require.  The biggest energy guzzler appliance is typically the refrigerator because it runs continuously.  Some homes have a secondary refrigerator.  There’s nothing wrong with having one if it’s being used for overflow items that don’t fit into your primary fridge, but if it is being minimally used, the damage to your utility bill isn’t worth the convenience of having it.

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Lindus Construction Reviews:

"I can't wait to have a much warmer kitchen this winter! NO more frost and snow blowing into my kitchen from my OLD inefficient patio door!!"

Brooke V.
Baldwin, Wi
October 15, 2019

Everyone (the steel roofers, spray foam installers, and LeafGuard® installers) was very professional yet personable and friendly. They did a great job while overcoming some difficult problems presented by my old 1 1/2 story house.

Jack H.
Minneapolis, MN
September 11, 2019

"Products are great.  The people that came to our home to install the windows and gutters were very nice and knowledgeable."

Kim T.
West St. Paul, MN
August 26, 2019

"They were timely and did great work. They also cleaned up afterwards and used a lot of tarps to protect our floors.  One week after completed they had a supervisor come out and check all the work. They had us walk with them so if we had an questions we could ask. Also told us to call them if we noticed any issues."

Paul H.
Lakeville, MN
April 17, 2019

"Our experience with Lindus was and is terrific! We would recommend you to our friends anytime.  Thanks so much for being there for us."

Leon & Alma S.
Golden Valley, MN
April 5, 2019

"I have been incredibly pleased with all the work that Lindus has done at my home roof, gutters, insulation, egress window, and 3 major remodels over the years. I'm a great fan of Lindus and all the people that work with and for them. Plus follow up is outstanding if there are questions.  I am an extremely happy customer, and looking forward to my next project with Lindus."

Annette A.
St. Louis Park, MN
February 25, 2019
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