As the bitter winter cold begins to set in, the drafts and cracks in your house or apartment once again become a major problem. Keeping your home warm without having to pay a pricey heating bill can be a difficult task. As the price of heating fuel continues to rise, home owners can take the following steps to lower heating bills
- You can keep your house comfortable and save energy by strategically adjusting your thermostat. Consider installing a programmable thermostat, which allows you to easily set a schedule to maximize your savings. Reducing Air Leaks by sealing air leaks in a home, an average household can cut 10% of its monthly energy bill.
- Dress in layers; slap a pair of slippers on your feet, and add a hat to complete your “stay warm” ensemble. Use caulk to seal any cracks or small openings on non-moving surfaces, such as where window frames meet the house structure. Check the weather stripping in exterior door frames and replace any that is deteriorated or cracked.
- Inspect utility cut-through for pipes (plumping penetrations), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets. You can buy material that expands to fill the gaps and keep air from flowing through.
- Examine ductwork for splits or gaps that have developed in the ducts. If your home is heated by forced air, examine the ductwork and use duct sealant or metal-backed tape on any leaks. Check registers and grills to make sure they are tightly sealed to ducts.
While it’s inevitable that your heating bill will rise during the winter months, it doesn’t have to become unmanageable. Following even a few of the steps above can help you to keep your home warm and toasty, without having to face an outrageously high electric bill. Just remember every small effort counts, so any sacrifice you can make will save you money.