It’s officially Fall and it is starting to feel like it! While the days are still relatively warm the nights are downright cold and many of us have given in and turned our heat on already to take the chill out of the house. I really dislike being cold but I hate my winter heating bills even more.
Last winter I was able to participate in a Home Energy Audit through PPL Electric and as a result of that was able to come up with some easy household energy saving tips to keep my house warmer. One of the things that I learned was that you want to do as much as you can to keep warm air in and cold air out, and that can be done by implementing some easy measures to cut down on air loss around your windows, doors and spaces in your walls. It is an easy and inexpensive way to save money on heating costs.
Here are 4 Easy Household Energy Saving tips:
1. Have you ever put your hand up to your windows and you can feel the cold seeping in? If so, you can use caulk to fill in any holes and leaks around your windows and doors. All you have to do is put a thin strip of caulk in those areas and your windows will be weathertight. New leaks can appear at any time because they are caused by wood windows getting damp and warping slightly, so make sure to check all windows periodically.
2. When you walk barefoot in front of your doors do the floors are they cold? Then you really should replace your weatherstripping around your doors. Weatherstripping is inexpensive and it will really help cut down on air leakage around your doors.
3. Outlet Plate Insulation Kits can help keep your heat from escaping out of your room and into the crevices in your walls. Use them on your exterior outlets and you will really notice the difference, your room will feel warmer and you won’t have heat leakage from the room.
4. Finally, even if you don’t have babies or toddlers in your house, using inexpensive baby safety plugs in your outlets will also cut down on heat leakage in your home. Hope these tips help you stay warm and cozy in your house this winter.
Do these now before it gets too cold and I’m sure you will see the savings too.
Let’s hope Spring gets here soon!
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