Winter’s Coming: 3 Ways To Cut Down On Energy Bills

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Winter is just around the corner. You can feel it in the air! While this time of year is full of holidays and family reunions, it also comes with some obstacles. Keeping your home heated can be a bit costly. Now, newer homes or those that have recently undergone a NJ home remodeling project will experience less of a hit this season, but here’s some tips for the rest of us.

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Three ways to cut down on your winter energy bills:

1. Cut it at the source. Prep your windows: When you feel a draft in the home, it’s doing far more damage than sending a chill down your spine. It’s lowering the overall temperature and causing your heat to do more work than necessary. By ensuring your windows are properly sealed you will be able to save money on heat. To do this you can apply plastic film seal to all of your windows, reinforce the edges with cauking, and buy thermal shades.

2.Turn it down: Most people have their heat set to about 72 degrees throughout the winter. Turning it down to the high 60s and throwing on a sweater will also help save on your energy costs. If this is something you don’t see yourself doing during the day, at least turn down the heat during the nighttime hours when you will be using heavy blankets in your bed.

3.Get the most bang for your buck: When partaking in household chores this winter season, ensure you go about them efficiently. Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load, and only run full washes when cleaning clothing. While these recommendations will help you year round, they will definitely give an extra boost when it comes to winter heating whoas.

Range Hoods: Choosing The Right One

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Upon taking on a NJ kitchen remodeling job, many aspects come into play. In addition to the design of the room and fixtures such as cabinets, additional pieces of hardware have a big role in both the functionality and appearance of your room.

Today we’d like to take a look at one fundamental piece of the kitchen which can really pull the room together, the range hood.

Now, the range hood serves a very important purpose. It works as a ventilation system to clear the area in which you are cooking, and to consolidate grease and smoke from those actions. Besides being a staple to your kitchen hardware, the range hood can serve as a beautiful focal point.

Let’s take a look at some different types of range hoods:

The Wall Mount Hood

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Pictured above is a distressed mantle wall mount hood we used in a recent kitchen remodeling job. The wall mount hood is perfect if your stove is placed adjacent to your wall and you have ample space for storage in other sections of your kitchen. This also allows for an easy method of ventilation, either straight above or back through the wall.

The Under Cabinet Mount

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The under cabinet mount allows you to maintain some storage above the range hood. This is useful if you are tight on space. Choosing an under cabinet mount also takes attention away from the cooking area as it blends in with the rest of the kitchen fixtures quite well.

The Ceiling Mount

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If you decide to go with an island stove, this is a must, and a beautiful option for a range hood. The ceiling, or island mount, is the go-to modern kitchen choice.

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