Now that the winter weather is in full effect, homeowners are starting to notice their energy bills are on the rise. In an effort to help you cut costs this winter, we put together a list of helpful hints to lower your energy bills.
Cover Drafty Windows
- Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
Invest in Insulation
- Hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs are lost each year due to escaping head and cold air in homes without proper insulation.
Adjust the Temperature
- When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.
- When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
Find and Seal Leaks
- Caulk leaks around windows and doors.
- Look for places where you have pipes, vents or electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling or floor. If you find a gap at the point where the pipe or vents goes through the wall, seal it up.
Reduce Heat from Fireplace
- Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter allowing warm air to go right up the chimney. If you use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
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