Hello Reduction Rebels, today I’m featuring a guest post from Jane Blanchard. Below Jane shares 5 ways to save money on your heating bill. These are relatively minor home improvements that mean instant dollars in your pocket – or more realistically dollars not flying out of your windows and doors. Here’s the other upside: your home will be warmer and cozier. So in this season of comfort and joy, let’s insulate!
5 ways to save money on your heating bill
Insulation isn’t often seen, but it’s definitely felt. It keeps your home from being drafty, lowers your heating and cooling costs, and keeps your family comfortable all year round. According to the Insulation Contractors Association of America, adding more insulation to your home can save you anywhere from 10 to 50 percent on your annual energy costs. Here are five easy, low-cost ways to quickly increase your home’s insulation and start saving money:
- Caulk around windows.
Often, when people think about insulation, they think about the itchy pink stuff that goes inside walls. But that’s not the only material you can use to insulate. Caulk applied around pet doors and window casings will block holes and cracks and keep your temperature moderated.
- Use weather stripping on doors.
The term weather stripping describes a group of products designed to stick on your door jam and block any gaps. Made out of plastic, foam or felt, weather stripping comes in many different forms, so you’re bound to find the perfect fit for your home.
- Install a door sweep.
A door sweep is a strip of plastic or nylon that you attach to the bottom of your door to keep drafts from getting out underneath it. If you aren’t comfortable attaching one of these to your door, you can also use a rolled up towel or one of the many products sold to block drafts from the bottom of a door.
- Use a spray sealant.
At your local home improvement store you can find spray cans containing polyurethane foam that you can use to fill small cracks and holes in discreet areas, such as around pipes, in an attic, or in the basement. After spraying the foam and leaving it a certain amount of time, it fills the space and hardens. Make sure you read the instructions for application before using.
- Get some heavy drapes.
While this solution only works completely when the drapes are closed, it is a great way to make a quick difference in your heating and cooling expenses. And even when the drapes are open, you will be blocking some crevices that might be allowing air to escape.
Giving your home a little extra insulation and making your energy use more efficient can be both easy and cheap. Take advantage of that knowledge and make a few of the above changes and you’ll start saving money immediately.
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