Tips on How to Keep the Heat in your House for Winter Storm

As the weather becomes cooler and our thermostats get turned up, our electric bill goes up as well. There are a number of low cost ways to winterize your home and save on energy costs. Some are even tax deductible. Here are some tips to keep the heat in your house this winter, as we prepare for 2018's first winter storm.

Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Tip #1 - Sealing Leaks in Home

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Sealing leaks around windows and doors can prevent the cold air from entering your home. A draft snake placed in front your door will keep warm air from seeping out. They can be made by simply rolling up a towel or other piece of fabric. Make sure all windows are closed properly and remove window unit air conditioners that allow air to escape. Caulking gaps around doors and windows with silicone caulk provides a temporary seal that won’t damage paint. Another inexpensive solution is to tape bubble wrap over leaking windows. It will trap pockets of air that cool down your home.

Tip #2 - Using Natural Heating Sources

Opening up the blinds to take advantage of solar energy will reduce heating costs. You can also lower energy consumption by turning down the thermostat when cooking or leaving the home. Close off vents and shut doors to rooms you don’t use often to avoid wasting energy to heat unused space. Reversing the direction of airflow on your ceiling fans will help circulate warm air throughout the home.

Tip #3 – Home Heating System Check-up

Ensure that your heating system has been properly maintained. Change or clean the filter and have ductwork inspected for leaks. Make sure the ductwork is clean and not blocked by dirt or debris. Vacuum it out and seal any leaks. Have your HVAC system serviced annually to provide needed adjustments and replace any worn parts. If you need to replace an older furnace or decide to upgrade, choosing an Energy Star rated system can save you 50 percent or more on home heating costs.

Tip #4 - Home Insulation

Insulating your pipes with fiberglass insulation or foam rubber will not only protect them from freezing but prevent heat loss from water. This can reduce the cost of heating water substantially. Sufficient insulation between walls, in the attic and basement ceiling can also help minimize the cost of keeping your home heated. The federal government provides tax incentives for home energy improvements including insulation. Contact your state agency to learn more about energy programs and your eligibility.

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