With the cooler weather coming on, higher energy costs are on many people’s minds. So, just how energy efficient is your home? If you’re not sure, why not give your whole house an energy checkup? Just a few minor changes could mean significant energy savings over the months ahead. Here’s a checklist and a few suggestions to get you started:
- Think Thermostat – Turn it down at night and whenever you leave the house for more than a couple of hours – and consider installing a programmable version.
- Avoid Heat Loss – Windows, doors and attics are prime areas for heat loss. Use weather stripping or caulking to keep out the draft. And don’t forget electrical outlets and light switches. Stop the heat leak with childproof plugs and foam gaskets.
- Foolproof Your Fireplace – Don’t lose heat up the chimney! Make sure the damper is closed tightly when not in use.
- Rethink How to Keep Things Piping Hot – Reducing the temperature setting on your hot water tank just a few degrees can save energy, while insulating your hot water pipes will keep in the heat all the way to the tap.
- Don’t Forget Your Furnace Filter – Clean or replace your furnace filter at least once every three months for optimal efficiency.
- Feel the Heat – Make sure heating vents are open and unobstructed by furniture or draperies.
- Work with Window Treatments – Install storm windows, argon-filled glass, or shrink wrap. All can pay off big time in smaller heating bills.
- Let the Sun Shine In – During the day, open your draperies and blinds and let the warmth of the sun heat your home, cost free. Close them again at night to help keep the heat in.
Reducing your home heating costs makes good sense for your wallet and for your home’s general well-being – possibly saving you a future insurance claim. Remember – no one knows your home like you do. You’re the Specialist! So, make a house call at your own address and perform a home energy check up today.