Unless you live in a climate that stays at a comfortable temperature throughout the year, you probably rely on a great amount of energy in the fall and winter months to keep your home warm. There are several energy saving practices that can help cut the costs of heating your home during these months.
Seal air leaks and duct work
Find and seal air leaks around your home:
- Holes and pipes that enter and exit your home (these are major sources of leaks)
- Attic pull-downs or stair openings, light fixtures and other wires
- Don’t forget your fireplace or flue area
Sealing duct work is the number one way to conserve energy:
- Seal ducts with foil-backed tape or silicon caulking
- Make sure all duct work is sealed at joints and intersections with duct sealer or silicone caulk
Consider upgrading your insulation
Proper insulation is an investment that will provide savings for years to come:
- Low-cost options include weather-stripping or caulking your windows and doors, and hanging heavier curtains in windows and doors to help keep heat indoors
- A bigger investment is to upgrade the insulation in your attic and crawl space. This may be a job for a professional, or you can purchase supplies at a home improvement store.
- When insulating attics, start at the top and eliminate air infiltration before moving down.
Lower your hot water temperature
Reduce the amount of fuel needed to heat your water temperature and save six to ten percent on water heating costs by lowering you water heating settings to 120 to 125 degrees.
- Lowering your water heater setting to 120 to 125 degrees can save six to ten percent on water heating costs, reduces the risk of scalding and slows mineral build up
- Wrapping your water heater with an inexpensive insulation blanket will save energy costs by slowing the temperature drop as the water tank sits unused