When the snow starts falling and the wind starts howling, your energy bills start increasing. You want to be comfortable, but you don’t want to pay more than necessary for home heating. Follow these tips to keep your energy bills down and your spirits up this winter. Turn Down the Temperature Dress for the season and lower the thermostat. Every degree you do saves you 5 percent on your heating costs. Save another 10 percent by setting the temperature back 10 to 15 degrees while you’re at work all day. Prevent this from becoming a comfort issue by installing a programmable thermostat with automatic recovery periods based on your schedule. Weatherproof the House To keep heated air inside, you must seal and insulate your home. Here’s how:
- Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal leaky windows and doors.
- Install clear plastic film on windows and sliding glass doors.
- Seal attic floor penetrations with expanding spray foam.
- Add more insulation to the attic.
- Seal and insulate the ductwork.
- Keep the fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning.