Our tips can show you ways to cut down your home heating costs even in the middle of Winter.
We recommend planning for Winter now.
- Replace Worn Weatherstripping
Worn and torn weatherstripping around doors and windows creates drafts and lets in cold air.
- Adjust Door Thresholds
If you can see daylight under your front door, then you’re losing the indoor air you’ve paid to heat.
- Eliminate Drafts Around Electrical Boxes
Electrical boxes in your exterior walls are notoriously drafty because insulation isn’t always placed behind and around them correctly.
- Plug Holes in Exterior Walls
Pipes, gas lines, and electrical cables that enter your house often have gaps around them that have been haphazardly filled with some kind of caulk.
- Buy a Portable Heater (and Turn Down the Furnace)
Put a space heater in the place where your family gathers, like the living room, and turn down the furnace temperature.
- Cover Windows and Patio Doors with Plastic Film
- Keep Warm Air from Escaping Up the Chimney
The downside to fireplaces is that when they’re not in use, your warm indoor air is escaping through chimney.
- Insulate the Attic Access Door
Even in well-insulated attics, the access door may not be properly insulated, letting warm air escape through the attic hatch.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat
Save money, tell the thermostat to keep the temperature low during the day when no one is home and at night when everyone is sleeping.