The weather outside is frightful, which means there’s a chance your heating bill is as well. With warmer weather still months away, you’re going to want to keep your heating use in check. Here are some energy-saving strategies to stay toasty without piling on the layers.
Apply Window Film
Shrink wrap is an inexpensive and effective insulation alternative that blocks drafty windows to reduce heat loss by up to 14%.
And if sealed meticulously, you won’t even notice it’s there.
While installing it yourself can be somewhat time consuming, your efforts will not be in vain!
Plastic wrap also reflects the sun’s heat during summer, keeping the house cooler.
Use Your Ceiling Fan
There’s a stigma that fans are only meant to cool, but they can also be utilized to circulate heat. By setting your fan at the lowest speed, the warm air trapped at the ceiling will mix with the cooler air, heating the entire room.
Floor length curtains can reduce heat loss by 10%. The trick is to close them at night when the sun goes down, and open them during the day so the sunlight can naturally warm your home.
Weatherstrip Door and Window Frames
Using weatherstripping in your home to seal leaks around operable doors and windows can reduce utility bills all year round.
Periodically check the weatherstripping to ensure it’s not worn or torn.
If you can see the light peeking in from underneath your main entry and exit doors, you need to tack on a new strip.
And be sure to always lock your windows for a tighter seal.
For stationary components such as electrical boxes, pipes, cables and gas lines, caulk or expanding foam are acceptable materials to fill in any gaps where air could escape.
While most attics are well insulated, the access door is usually an afterthought, but if not properly packed, can let warm air escape rapidly.
If the door does not lie perfectly flat, there is even more reason to stop the leak.
Use an adhesive to simply attach the insulation to the attic side of the door, or build a foam box. If you still notice a draft, use a bolt lock for a snug fit.
Invest In New Tech
Programmable thermostats are now cheaper than ever and are a great tool for automatically dialing down the heat when you’re not home.
In fact, most energy experts say it’s a myth that it costs more to reheat a home than to maintain a house in a constant state of warmth.
Smart thermostats even learn your lifestyle and adjust on their own without manual programming. So save away!