As the popular TV show proclaims, “Winter is coming.” But these words don’t have to demoralize your heart as you picture energy bills with heart- amounts.
By following these four energy- hacks, you’re going to save money on heating this season.
Get New Weather Stripping
Insulated WindowOld and worn weather stripping around doors and windows can let cold air in, prompting you to turn the heat up to stay warm. Replacing weather stripping can stop up to 12% of your home’s heat loss. And it’s as simple as pulling off the old weather stripping and tacking the new one. While we’re talking about window frames and door frames, you can also crack crack cracks or use foam expansion to fill large or irregularly shaped holes. While windows are great to let in the light, they can also let in the cold if they are not properly insulated. One quick fix to seal them is to use heavy plastic film that works like a cling wrap.
Plug Breaches in the External Walls
There are often gaps around the pipes, gas lines, and electrical cables that come into your home. The caulk around them may have cracked, peeled, fallen or improperly applied.
Not only is cold air let in, but it also provides easy access for rodents and insects. You can seal the foam gaps and caulk around the pipes.
Go to Better Airflow
If you maintain even the temperature of your entire house, your heating system doesn’t have to work so hard to keep it going. Often temperature differences are caused by the hot air that rises and the cold air that settles.
You can use the fans to move the air around, to mix it, to achieve a consistent temperature. If you have ceiling fans, try reversing the spinning direction of the blades so that the cold air is pulled up and mixed with the warm air.
Don’t lose the heat of your chimney
Fireplaces are great in winter when you have fires going. When they’re not in use, warm air can escape up the chimney, even with the damper closed. (If you leave the damper open, it’s the same as leaving a window open in the dead of winter.) If you don’t use the fireplace, you should plug and seal the chimney flue. If you do, you can buy an inflatable chimney balloon to plug it when you don’t have fires going.
Other fireplace energy-saving measures include caulking around the fireplace hearth and checking the seal around the fireplace flue damper, making sure that it is as snug as possible. You can also consider installing tempered glass doors and putting in a heat-air exchange system that redirects warmed air back into the room.
Then settle in and enjoy a long, cold winter in the comfort of your efficiently heated home.