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Many people unsuspectingly go through each winter wasting hundreds sometimes even thousands of dollars. You no longer have to be an unsuspecting individual. With a few helpful winterizing tips, you will save a significant amount of money, which is better spent on things like a summer vacation.

Windows and Doors

plastic seal for windows

Start with your windows and doors. The process may range from inexpensive and basic to a moderate investment with lifetime savings and potential tax rebates given when you winterize your home. A few dollars can buy you a plastic window insulation kit from any local hardware store to protect your house from counterproductive drafts to keep your heat inside where it belongs. Just as simply and inexpensively, you can use a draft snake at the base of all doors which open to the outside, a cold room rarely used in the winter, or the garage. You should caulk around the edges of all windows to seal any leaks, as well as insulate around the frames of windows and doors. The best way to maximize your heating efficiency pertaining to windows and doors is to buy new energy star-rated storm windows and doors. You could receive up to $1,500 in tax credits and you will save thousands of dollars over the life of the windows and doors and it will raise the resale value of your home.

Appliances and Heating Systems

heating your home

If you prefer to start small, go straight to the water heater and turn the temperature down to 120F or lower. Any temperature higher is unnecessary and costing you hundreds of dollars each year. Now, if you have a hot air system, upgrade your filters to the Department of Energy approved filters. You should also install a programmable heating control system to greatly reduce the heat while you are away and asleep when you do not require as much heat. Hire someone to seal your air ducts. This will save you money all year and improve the quality of air in your home. You should also consider upgrading your furnace if it is old. Like installing new windows and doors, it may cost you money now, but it will save you money in the end. You should also schedule a fall furnace tune up in the summer to ensure your furnace is working properly. This service is often performed free by the supplier, however, make the appointment early as they are often booked quickly.

Simple and Unconventional

You may not know that by reversing the direction on a ceiling fan actually circulates warm air rather than cool air. To maximize your savings, purchase an energy monitor. It tracks your electricity consumption in real time which often equates to a reduction of energy by 15-20% when consumers see their expected monthly bill updated on a daily basis. The last two tips to save you money are to insulate your pipes and remove window air conditioning units at summer’s end.

Winterizing a house does not have to be expensive. A few simple tricks can improve your efficiency greatly. If you are able to see the long-term benefits, you should consider upgrades. Either way, you will see significant savings.

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posted by admin  October 11, 2012 19:03

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