Keep warm (and save money) this season

Posted by kbanks & filed under energy efficiency.

‘Tis the season of winter storms and high heating costs. We were reminded of the upcoming seasonal woes in a recent local news article.

Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, it costs more than $160 billion a year to heat, cool, light and live in homes across the country?

While high utility costs are expected during the colder months of the year, if your home isn’t heated properly, you could be sacrificing energy – and dollars. Here are a few pointers to help ensure your home’s efficiency:

  • Seal air ducts and duct leaks
  • Make sure your home has enough insulation
  • Check problem areas, like spaces around drop-down doors, plumbing entrances and around electrical outlets

Many of these repairs can be done yourself (especially for our DIY readers). Have you assessed your home’s efficiency for the season? If so, do you have any tips to add to this list?

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