Home heating and energy costs continue to rise unabated with the price of gas, electric and oil all sharply increasing. However, there are some simple steps that you can take to lower your household energy bills while giving you some spare cash to put towards more important things. With the aid of the following tips, you too can be well on your way to conserving rather than using.
Weather Proof Doors
Draft doggies are not necessary around doors if they have been weather-stripped. Look around the bottoms of doors, and if air is streaming in then weather proof it. Check windows too,
Insulate and Caulk Windows
Go though your house and check your windows because wear and age can let in cold air. Caulk and seal windows and make sure they are well sealed. A good test is to do a smoke test. Turn off all fans and your furnace, stand close to a window and produce smoke. If there is a minute leak of interior home air to the outside, the smoke will move in the direction toward the window.
Close Curtains and Blinds
If a wintry day is sunny or even if there is minimal sun, make sure you open them during the daylight hours, and shut them when dusk approaches. The warmth from the sun’s rays will help warm the house, and keep it tapped for the nighttime. Re-open them when the sun is up the next morning.
Install a Ceiling Fan
Since warm air rises, you will want to get the warmer air down lower by buying a ceiling fan or using the one that you already have installed. Reversible switches come as standard on most all models and can be used in summer time as well. The relative cost of the ceiling fan and its usage are quickly recovered in savings.
If a room is not in use, then keep the door closed. This is useful if you are not using the room on a long-term basis. Rooms that are used some of the time will have the door fanned and cold air will escape into the others rooms. Of course, this will cause your furnace to work harder, and drive up your heating costs.
Doors just like windows can, with use over time, begin to sag from their original tight fitting position. Before winter sets in, go around and really look at how your door closes. Adjust them for a nice fitting.
Check Your Furnace
Hire a HVAC (heating, air venting and air conditioning) contractor to give your furnace a once over to check for any inefficient heating or cooling safety issues. A poorly running system can cost more dollars from you pocket, and safety issues are a priority for a homeowner’s peace of mind as well.
Replace the Air Filter
You can eliminate unnecessary high cost energy bills by simply changing out a clogged air filter. Not only does it cause your system to run slowly, but also puts a bigger strain on the motor which could in turn cause it to overheat and burn itself out.
Close House Vents
Before the fall season, go around your house and close up the vents that allow circulation of air during the summer time. In the winter, the goal is to keep all cold air out. Cold air under the floorboards can infiltrate the house and drive up heating costs.
Check Roof Insulation
If it has been a few years since you have checked out the insulation in your attic, then go up and look around. Insulation should have enough air pockets to trap the cold air and push it back from the interior of the house. Old rotten insulation is usually brittle and flat. Replace the insulation with new and you will see evidence of your energy conservation in your heating costs.
By implementing just a few of these tips, you will see results happen. There are a lot more that you can do as well. Talk with your local energy provider to see if there are tips for your area that will help lower your bills, and drive down costs for everybody.