Weatherizing Your Home for Winter
Is the warm air you’re paying for running loose through the neighborhood? Or maybe the cold air is sneaking into your home through various cracks and crevices. Either way, leaking air means greater energy costs! Luckily, it’s possible to affordably conserve energy by making some simple changes and fixes throughout your home.
Here are some great conservation tips to help prepare for winter:
- Correct air leaks around windows, doors, electrical outlets, and anywhere that pipes or wiring may run through an opening in a floor or wall
- Repair weather stripping and caulking
- Check your threshold for gaps between it and the door, using a bottom seal to prevent drafts
- Keep radiators free of dust for top efficiency
- Turn your thermostat back when you’re not home. Turning it back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours can save 5 to 15 percent a year on your heating bill
- Programmable thermostats, when used properly, can shave $100 off of your annual energy bills
- Replace any cracked glass in your windows
- Wrap your pipes to guard against heat loss and prevent freezing
- Keep ductwork in good repair and insulated. Your home could lose up to 25% of hot air through damaged ducts
Spending a little bit of time to strengthen your home’s defenses against the cold winter air will result in big savings later on! If you’d like to learn more energy conservation tips that you can use year-round, click here. In addition to following the steps listed above, another great way to boost your home’s efficiency is through regular tune-ups from Tomasso Bros. Energy! Contact us today to learn more, or to sign up for one of our service contracts.