When the cooler months hit, your energy cost can soar! 🙁 We’ve put together a list of ways that you can winterize your home and lower your heating bills over the winter months. Take a peak…
Upgrade Your Thermostat
The savings from programmable thermostats are well documented. By automatically turning down the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day, either when you are not home or when you are sleeping, these thermostats can cut your heating bill by 10 percent. Programmable thermostats are now inexpensive as ever. Used properly, they can save you up to $200.00 per year.
Invest in a Furnace Maintenance Plan, Tune Up, Or a High Efficiency Furnace
There is some up-front cost here, as you will need to pay about $100.00 for a tune up service call but you will make it up in the long term with more efficient heating that lowers your bill while preserving the life of your furnace. A new system will also end up paying for itself. Plus you will have the peace of mind of having a brand new warranty, so no expensive repair bills.
Install a Central Humidifier
By using a humidifier during the heating season, not only will you be more comfortable but you can lower your thermostat by two degrees and feel just as warm while saving money on your heating cost.
Replace Worn Weather-stripping and Caulking
Caulking and weather stripping doors and windows will seal out cold air and help save on heating cost. Seven to 12 percent of a home’s heat loss occurs around windows and doors, and these leaks often prompt homeowners to turn up their furnace to keep comfy. Installing more insulation in your house will save energy cost as well as wrapping the hot water heater with insulation. Install gaskets on all electrical outlets and switches on outside walls.
Keep Your Heating Register Clear
The warm air blowing out of your registers needs a clear path into the room to provide even heating. So, if you place your favorite recliner or a sofa over the register, you’re limiting the flow of heat. It’s like leaving the vent partially or completely closed. To cut heating costs, arrange your room so that the register is as unobstructed as possible.
Get a Home Energy Audit
You should do this during the summer months. Most utility companies offer a home energy audit for free.
Keep Warm Air from Escaping Up the Chimney
When your fireplace is not in use make sure the damper is set to the closed position. An open damper is just like having a window or door open. Experts agree that the typical fireplace loses more heat than it generates. Consider installing a fireplace insert which will make better use of the heat generated in your fireplace.
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