The thought of winter fast approaching is never a good one for homeowners. Aside from the fact that we all have to deal with the extreme cold, we also are forced to swallow the fact that heating expenses will substantially rise.
But then again, it does not mean that we just have to let it work that way and just think there’s nothing else we can do about it. If you try to read tips online, you’ll realize that there actually are so many ways to save on home heating during the cold season.
Let’s start with some cool tips from this article titled “14 Sneaky-Smart Ways to Cut Your Home Heating Bills” courtesy of Popular Mechanics. I especially agree with tip about weatherstripping:
Replace Worn Weatherstripping
Worn and torn weatherstripping around doors and windows creates drafts and lets in cold air. Seven to 12 percent of a home’s heat loss occurs around windows and doors, according to Black Hills Energy, and these leaks often prompt homeowners to turn up their furnace to keep comfy. Even if they don’t turn it up, they’re losing warm air, causing the furnace to work harder. “Weatherstripping around doors, and caulking around doors and windows, can cut down on drafts,” says Jeff Rogers, president of the Energy Audit Institute, an energy audit training and certification company in Springfield, N.J.
Some weatherstripping needs to be replaced every few years because of wear. Replacing it is typically as simple as pulling off the old and tacking on the new.
For all the other tips from this article, click this link.
Many homeowners are under the impression that once they’ve done their part in putting up weatherstripping, they’re good to go forever. But that’s not really the case. In fact, they will have to be replaced because eventually they’ll wear out. Anyhow, it’s quite a simple task, really.
Meanwhile, you also will have to think about insulation. If you don’t understand why it matters in terms of cutting your energy expenses in the winter, read this excerpt from an article courtesy of BankRate.com:
Insulation is your home’s all-purpose force field against high energy bills. It minimizes heat transfer in winter and summer, provides ventilation to control moisture and makes your home more livable.
Bringing your attic insulation up to code for your region is one of the most cost-effective ways to winter-proof your bear cave. The Department of Energy can get you started with its ZIP Code Insulation Calculator.
But before you blow insulation, be sure to seal all ductwork, plumbing and cable TV penetrations. Leaky ducts can account for 10 percent to 30 percent of heating and cooling costs.
Cost: $500 to $1,000 to bring a typical attic up to code. Lindstrom recommends earth-friendly chopped cellulose, which is chemically treated to repel fire and insects and retains its loft better than fiberglass.
Savings: 20 percent to 30 percent off your monthly bill, with return on investment in as little as one year.
Furthermore, adjusting your home’s temperature with the help of a programmable thermostat could also mean big savings in the long run. So if you still don’t have a programmable thermostat installed, then you should take time to have one. Here are the great benefits you get from using one. This is from a House Logic article called “No Sweat: Programmable Thermostats Reduce Your Energy Costs.”
It’s no secret that heating and cooling account for the bulk of a home’s energy usage — an average of over $1,000 annually. Switching from a manual to a programmable thermostat is one simple way to save as much as $180 a year.
The most basic programmable thermostat can be self-installed in an hour, and comes with preset temperature settings for different times of the day.
Some of the latest models offer greater control, easy programming, sophisticated displays, and even communication with you via the Internet.
Get to know more about programmable thermostats here.
Can’t get enough of home heating saving tips? We’re not done yet. Take a look at this very informative video detailing other means of saving winter costs from The Home Depot:
At this point, you already should have realized that there are so many things you can do to save on heating costs, regardless of whether you have a system that is run by gas, heating oil, propane, electric at home. It is really just a matter of being committed to be able to save thousands of dollars each year.