Winter Energy Savings...
As the warm days of late summer linger on, it's difficult to think about snow and cold weather. However, autumn will be here soon and how much you save on energy bills this winter will depend largely on what you do now. The heat and humidity of summer can be hard on your home's exterior surfaces and on your heating and cooling system. Below are steps you can take to help make your home more warm and cozy, and energy efficient, when the cold weather comes.
Doors and Windows
- Replace worn weather stripping around all doors and windows.
- Caulk around gaps in windows and door glass.
- Install storm doors if you have them.
- Consider replacing older windows with newer, more efficient models.
- Proper attic insulation is essential both for keeping your house warm and saving on winter heating bills.
- See the U.S. Department of Energy's Insulation Fact Sheet for the recommended R-value of insulation for your area.
- Add or replace attic insulation as necessary.
- Add foam insulation to electrical outlets and switches on external walls.
- Remember to turn off power first!
- Have your heating system checked by a certified professional before cold weather arrives.
- Clean vents and other heating system components.
- Replace your furnace's filter and continue to replace it regularly throughout the heating season.
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat to more efficiently regulate temperature.
Chimney and Fireplace
- Have the chimney and fireplace checked and cleaned by a professional.
- Repair or replace poorly — or loose-fitting fireplace dampers; they allow warm air to escape.
Outside Your Home
- Replace any missing or damaged roof shingles.
- Clean gutters and make sure that downspouts point away from the house.
- Make sure that flashing around chimney and vent pipes is sealed tight.
- Trim tree limbs that are touching or overhanging the house.
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