Checklist to Save Energy and Money On Heating

The cold weather hasn’t even set in but we already have chills when we think of the cost of heating for the coming winter. Without a doubt, this is bound to be one of the costliest cold seasons in history, with the price of oil skyrocketing.

Before cold weather sets in, a simple and cost effective thing you could do is an energy audit. It can point out several areas that might need attention. You can do one yourself, or utility companies will sometimes perform one for you free, or at low cost. It’s important to catch the areas of your home where you might be losing energy, before the cold weather sets in.

For a basic energy audit, there are three main areas to check. The exterior, interior and attic area.

  • Check the exterior walls for cracks or holes where air might escape. Pay close attention to bricks or where siding meets. Hold a candle near a potential trouble spot and you’ll be able to notice drafts. Use caulking or weather stripping to seal up the areas.

  • Check your heating system, or have a professional come to do a proper inspection to make sure it’s clean and good running order. Not only does a clean machine last longer; it also saves a lot of energy.

  • Take a look at your attic insulation and make sure it’s sufficient. This helps maintain the heat stays in your house, rather than leaking out. Adding insulation if needed, is relatively inexpensive versus the cost of all the lost energy.
  • Check your shingles for wear and tear and make sure they are in decent shape. Seal any skylights or other areas where heat might escape.

  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat, to save up to 20% of your overall heating costs.
  • Taking the time to perform an energy audit only makes sense. Keeping your home running more efficiently is going to be important, more than ever, this winter!
  • Ann Safford

    Ann is a writer who lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children and a multitude of pets including her dog, two cats, a horse and six chickens.She enjoys writing about natural living, simple lifestyles and frugal living.Her hobbies include spending time with her family, horseback riding and gardening.

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