Heating a home is becoming more and more expensive these days. Especially during winter months, high energy costs can break budgets, or leave little money for other expenses. If you’re finding that money is tight, and your energy bill is climbing, there is no need to panic. You can keep your home warm this winter and without sending all of your money to the utilities company. Here are several affordable ways to repair your home to conserve energy and stay warm.
1. Block the bottom of your doors.
Lots of heat can be lost through the external doors of your home. Insulated weather strips can be purchased for a
small price at a local hardware store that will keep heat in your home when the door is closed. Installing these insulated buffers around the border of the
door is a simple and affordable way to lower your heating.
2. Use the sun.
Radiant heating can be a great way to warm your home. During the daylight hours when the sun is shining brightly, keep window dressings open so the sun can shine in and warm it up naturally. Keep the curtains or blinds closed at night to keep the heat in. Thick curtains will act as an extra insulating layer between the windows and your rooms, preventing heat loss when the sun isn’t shining.
3. Clean your Furnace and Ducts.
Many people do not realize how much dirt can reduce the efficiency of their furnace. Experts recommend that furnace filters be changed at the beginning of the heating season, and once a month during continued use. This will help your heater operate more efficiently, and save you on your energy bill. If you are unsure how long it has been since the blower and blower motor were cleaned, it may be a good idea to have that done as well. This will allow them to circulate the warm air better through your home. Likewise, heating ducts can be periodically cleaned, reducing the dust pushed into the air of your home, and improving air flow.
4. Get a programmable thermostat.
One of the best energy saving investments you can make this winter is a programmable thermostat. Costing as little as $25 they allow thermostat temperatures to be programed to a schedule By setting a lower temperature for times when you are typically out of the house or sleeping and raising it just prior to coming home, you can potentially save a substantial amount of money in heating. Some even allow adjustments so weekends are heated differently than weekends.
As the cost of heating rises, take the time to invest in little repairs that will save you money in the long run. By controlling your energy expenses you can give your budget a better chance of survival, and keep more money in your pocket for winter fun and gifts.
Author Bio: Marlena Stoddard writes on budgeting and home improvement. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. This article was a result of some research she did after her husband complained that she kept their home’s heater way too high (he was wrong, by the way…).
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