Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Getting your home winter ready!

It is that time of year again!
Old Man Winter is coming!
Here are some money saving tips for using the heater in your home.

  1. A home energy audit can identify ways to save up to hundreds of dollars a year on home heating (and air conditioning). Ask your electric or gas company if they audit homes for free or for a reasonable charge. If they do not, ask them to refer you to a qualified professional.
  2. You may be able to cut heat loss in half by weather-stripping doors and windows. Don't forget the weather-stripping on your attic and basement doors to prevent heat from escaping.
  3. Wrap heating ducts with duct tape (that's where the name comes from!) where they may be exposed to cold air. Putting insulation around pipes that need it is also an energy saver.
  4. Talk to your gas, oil or electric company to see if you can be put on a level billing contract. This doesn't really save money, but does help you to budget for the heating season and makes heating bills more affordable.
  5. Wear warm layered clothing, indoors during cold weather. Some of the new synthetics are the best for thermal layering. If you live in a cold climate and can comfortably walk around in a tank top and shorts - you're wasting money!
  6. Install an automatic timer to keep the thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 55 degrees at night. If it seems chilly - put on a sweater.

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