Winter Home Energy Improvement Tips
As the weather changes and the temperature begins to fall, the importance of home insulation and energy efficiency becomes a priority for many homeowners. We are happy to provide some advice on how best to use cellulose insulation along with other tips for making practical energy-efficient improvements to your home.
Adding cellulose insulation to your attic and existing walls can save you money month after month on your utility bill. Use our Energy Savings Calculator to find out just how much money you can save.
Replace worn or damaged weather-stripping around doors. Also use Draft Dodgers between the bottom of exterior doors and thresholds. The Department of Energy estimates drafts can waste up to 30% of energy use in a home.
Caulking around windows and doors is very inexpensive. An easy way to determine if your windows need caulked is to have someone use a blow dryer on the outside and someone hold a candle on the inside. If the flame flickers or blows out, it is time to caulk.
Reverse your ceiling fan in the winter months so the air is moving up instead of down. Heat air rises and this will help push warm air down to make rooms with ceiling fans feel warmer. Ceiling fans do cost money to run, so keep the fans off unless someone is in the room.
Installing a digital programmable thermostat may save you more money than you think. There are many models available for $50 or less. Program your thermostat to automatically lower the heat when the house is empty during the day and at night when everyone is toasty in bed under the blankets.
You will be presently surprised how these practical tips can save you money on your monthly heating costs!