Winterizing Your Home to Save Money On Your Energy Bill

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The first freeze over here is a sign that winter is definitely coming. ‘Tis now the season to crank up your thermostat. Unfortunately, this might even cost you more than normal. This year, Americans will supposedly pay 15% more for their heating expenses than the last year. Here is our guide to help you winterize your home for the season.

winterizing your home 

 Use a Draft Snake

draft snake

Problem:

Cold air gushing in from underneath the door forcing the warm air to rush out.

Solution:

The draft snake, which was adopted during the Great Depression, is one of the easiest known ways which you can use to cut down on the energy waste. A draft snake can be very easily made by tightly rolling up a towel or simply filling up a fabric pouch with sand or cat litter. You can also purchase the readymade ones available in the market.

Money and Energy Saved:

As per the statistics by the U.S Department of Energy, drafts are the cause of approximately 5- 30 % of total energy waste every year. By using the draft snake you can easily cut down on this energy wastage.

 

Bubble Wrap the Windows

bubble wrap windows

Problem:

Cold air leaking through the cracks of you windows.

Solution:

Tape bubble wrap onto your windows. This will help trap those pockets of air which lead to your home feeling cold. Even though it might look funny, bubble wrap will allow light to shine through and will also help you save on energy.

Money and Energy Saved:

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts and cold air cause up to 5-30% of energy usage every year. Protecting your house with bubble wrapping the windows can effectively cut down this cost.

 

Seal the Gaps

save the gaps

Problem:

Tiny gaps in the doors, windows, or walls let cool air in which raises the energy bill.

Solution:

Use caulk to seal all these numerous cracks and holes.

Money and Energy Saved:

Sealing these cracks will help you save approximately 30% of the energy used annually.

 

Change the Ceiling Fan’s Direction

ceiling fans

Problem:

Even though the air in your house feels warm and trapped, turning on the fan leads to the production of cool air only.

Solution:

There is a simple rule you should follow when it comes to ceiling fans: Counter Clockwise rotation leads to a production of a cooling breeze and clockwise rotation produces warm air.

Money and Energy Saved:

This method of saving energy will cut down heating costs by at least 10%.

 

Installation of Storm Doors

how to install storm doors

Problems:

The cracks in your door lead to an increase in the air flow in and out of the house. This lets warm air out and the cold air in.

Solution:

Installing storm doors can help in sealing these drafts and lead to a reduced airflow.

Money and Energy Saved:

Installation of a storm door can increase the energy efficiency by almost 45%. 

 

Control the Thermostat

the best thermostat

Problem:

To keep your home warm you will keep the thermostat cranked to high, but this leads to a very high energy bill.

Solution:

Set the thermostat to either fifty or fifty-five when you go to sleep or work. You are not going to enjoy the warmer temperatures while asleep or out of the house, therefore, the better option is to turn it down. Alternatively, you can also get a programmable thermostat.

Money and Energy Saved:

Turning down the thermostat to 10 to 15 degrees for at least eight hours each day could save approximately 10% every year on the energy bill.

 

Insulation

insulation

Problem:

Heat rises out of your house leaving your house cold.

Solution:

Loading up on the insulation is one of the very best ways in which you could cut down on your energy bills. Therefore, insulate between your walls, the attic floor and also the basement ceiling to stay warm and toast throughout the cold season.

Money and Energy Saved:

A well insulated home loses only a quarter of the heat through the roof.

 

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