Five Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill this Winter
Posted by: Anna | 12/17/2013 at 04:11 PM
Winter is here and whether the weather is severe or mild, heating your house can be a big expense. We’ve come up with a few tips to help reduce your home heating budget. So follow these suggestions to winterize your house from top to bottom.
- Up on the rooftop – is your chimney. And if it doesn’t have a quality, well-fitted chimney cap, you might as well be burning money. A good chimney cap not only keeps out rain and critters, it also eliminates drafts, improves energy efficiency and helps your fire burn better.
- Hang onto your money – by hanging thermal drapes in your house. These drapes look like regular drapes, but feature an added lining of insulation that helps reduce loss of heat through your windows. As an added bonus, thermal drapes are more durable and last longer than standard fabrics.
- Mind the gap – between your walls. If your home has cavity walls, then using cavity wall insulation can reduce your heat loss by up to 60 percent. Cavity insulation is available in a number of forms, and you can usually recover the cost of installing the insulation in a few years.
- Avoid drafts – all around your home. Doors and windows are the usual culprits. While caulking or weather stripping may be the ideal solution, sometimes it’s easier to simply purchase draft stoppers for temporary use. And don’t forget openings for vents, mail slots, pet doors and other areas where cold air can come in.
- Out of sight – and costing you money. Odds are when you think of sealing your home, you think of doors and windows. But if your ductwork isn’t insulated and sealed, it could be costing you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars a year.
With these tips, you can get started on winter-proofing projects and put those high heating bills on ice.
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