“Electric use reached a cold-weather peak on Tuesday in New Jersey and the rest of the PJM electric grid, which serves more than 61 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia.
With temperatures not getting out of the single digits in much of the Garden State on Tuesday, heaters and furnaces were going full-blast all day. PJM broke the record for peak winter electricity use twice on Tuesday from the previous peak of 136,675 megawatts in 2007. (One megawatt is enough to provide power for about 1,000 homes.)
The Tuesday morning electricity use peaked at 138,000 MW, PJM reported, and in the evening it reached 141,312 MW.”
The bitterly cold temperatures can really hit your utility bills hard, as what the NJ.com excerpt above proves. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to bring the dollars down, such as using energy-efficient appliances, replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs, etc. However, very few changes hold as much impact on your bills as replacing your old windows.
If you live in a house that’s decades old and you’ve never replaced your windows, chances are you have only single-paned models. This means that only a few measly millimeters separate your home interior from the harsh cold air outside. New replacement windows in Monmouth County, NJ use multiple glass panes and they’re constructed in a way that helps maintain the temperature inside your home more effectively than any of the single-paned variety.
Take a look at your window frames. What material are they made of? Are they made of some kind of metal? You should know that metal-framed windows are not good at insulating hot and cold temperatures. This can be bad news for your home come winter time.
The best replacement windows are those that are made from fiberglass, wood, and vinyl. All these materials are effective insulators, which makes for a more efficient barrier against the winter’s cold temperatures.
Ready to trade those old, inefficient windows for new, energy-efficient, and cost-saving Monmouth County, NJ windows? Talk to an excellent window contractor like All County Exteriors. They can recommend the best windows for your home and install them for you.
(Article Information and Image from Cold weather causes record winter electric use in New Jersey, NJ.com, Jan. 8, 2014)