Winterize Your Home To Save Money


If you dread winter, and the arrival of higher energy bills that come with keeping your home warm, there is something that you can do to minimize the cost. Save money on your heating bill this winter by using these simple tips to winterize your home.

Winter HVAC Energy Savings


Become a draft dodger

Even small drafts can have a big impact on your heating costs. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that up to 25 percent of a home's heat is lost through small cracks and holes in the home. Use a draft snake or rolled up towel to block drafts at the base of exterior doors, and replace worn weather stripping around the edges to keep cold air out and warm air in.


Use a programmable thermostat

There are a number of easy to use programmable thermostats available that allow you to set the temperature to a lower number at night or when the house is empty. By reducing the temperature a few degrees, you could reduce your energy costs by up to 10 percent, almost effortlessly.


Keep an eye on air ducts and filters

Clean Air Filters Save Energy and Money

It's easy to forget about your air ducts and filters, particularly since they are hidden from sight. But, dirty air filters put a strain on your heating system, and they can cause allergens to circulate throughout your heat and air system, aggravating allergies and generally reducing air quality. Change your filters regularly, and make sure your ducts are properly sealed and insulated, or heat could be lost to the empty spaces surrounding them.



Maintenance means savings

Regular maintenance of your furnace and heating system can ensure that it keeps working efficiently, reducing your energy costs and lowering your heating bill. Alternately, poorly functioning systems cost you more, because you have to run the heat for longer just to get the same benefits. Consider having your system 'tuned up' annually by your local HVAC service tech for optimal energy efficiency.


These energy saving tips for winter may be simple, but they can help take the chill out your winter heating costs, and keep you warm and cozy throughout the season.

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