If you live in the Northeast, like we do, you have probably noticed that our nights are now dipping below freezing on the thermometer. We are rapidly approaching the winter months and dozens of cold nights and days.
One of the biggest expenses for any homeowner during the winter is heating your home. With a winter that can last from November through March that can get really expensive. Instead of throwing your money out of the window take a few steps to make your home more energy efficient so you can put your money to better use!
Sealing and insulation: The best way to save energy is to insulate your home properly. There are a myriad of materials you can use for insulation (depending on your home, your needs) but having an insulated attic can make a huge difference on your heating bill. Another step you should not forget is sealing around windows, doors, and outlets and switches in your home. Even a tiny gap between the door and doorway can cost you, letting heated air out and cold air in.
Programmable thermostat: Keep the temperature in your home regulated with a programmable thermostat. There is no sense in keeping your home at a balmy temperature if you are going to be out all day. A programmable thermostat will allow you to program the temperature of your home so that heat isn’t being used and wasted while no one is home.
Energy efficient doors and windows: One of the bigger steps you can take, and that you should take at some point, is the installation of energy efficient doors and windows in your home. Old doors and windows are almost as bad as holes in your walls in regards to heating efficiency. Old windows let heat out at an alarming rate making your home heating system work twice as hard and costing you a lot more money. Newer windows are built with thick glass that works to keep the heat inside and the cold outside, reducing drafts and saving you money.