Winterizing Your Home

  1. Winterize your home
    • Caulking and weather stripping doors and windows will seal out cold air and help save on heating costs. Installing more insulation in your house will save energy costs as well as wrapping the hot water heater with insulation. Another great tip is to install gaskets on all electrical outlets and switches located on outside walls. They are available at hardware stores.
  2. Install a programmable thermostat…
    • And you can automatically lower temperature settings, especially at night when you’re sleeping and during the day while at work. The Department of Energy says that setting the thermostat 5 degrees lower for just 8 hours per day can save up to 5% in energy costs. Used properly, it can save you up to $200.00 per year.
  3. Invest in a high efficiency furnace, boiler, or heat pump…
    • Yes it will cost you upfront, but with the money you’ll save on heating costs due to increased efficiency, a new system will end up paying for itself. Plus you will have the peace of mind of having a brand new warranty, so no expensive repair bills to worry about. If you can’t afford a new system, at least have your existing system cleaned and serviced before each heating season.
  4. Get a home energy audit…
    • Most Utility companies offer a home energy audit for free. Better to schedule this before winter to make sure your furnace and appliances are running as efficiently as possible.
  5. Switch to a Utility company budget plan…
    • This will average-out your monthly payments. You will still spend the same amount per year, but you won’t get hit with any huge Winter heating bills.

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