Freshly baked cookies, twinkling lights, and a beautiful wreath help set the stage, but holiday guests truly feel at home when you provide a warm, cozy environment.

As you prepare yourself and your home for cold temperatures, look for energy-efficient products that offer energy savings blended with tasteful designs. By making smart decisions, you can be sensible, yet stylish as cold weather, holidays and dear friends arrive.

The place to start: your front door. Create a welcoming first impression by replacing an old, unsightly entry door with a stylish, more energy-efficient one. Woodbridge Home Exteriors offers Energy Star-qualified steel entry doors that can help you save energy and lower your utility bills.

By replacing old windows and doors with today’s more energy-efficient options, you can gain long-term energy savings. The U.S. Department of Energy says replacing single-pane windows with Energy Star-qualified windows can help a typical U.S. home save between $146 – $501 dollars a year in energy costs.

During cold weather, keep window treatments open during the day to capture the sun’s heat and close them at night to help keep heat inside. During warm months, close the blinds, shades or curtains during the heat of the day to reflect the sun’s heat away from your home’s interior.

Another smart energy investment is choosing triple-glazed windows with low-emissivity (low-e) coatings to improve energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs. Regardless of the type or style of windows and doors you choose, it’s essential that they are installed properly for best performance in sealing out air and moisture.

Looking for quality at a competitive price? Woodridge’s steel entry doors include popular options in low-maintenance steel panels to meet virtually any budget, as well as energy efficient replacement windows to match any style. Visit us at www.woodbridgeclassic.com.