Save on your home heating costs
BY World Special Publications
Monday, October 15, 2012
Temperatures are already dipping, and weather experts are warning consumers everywhere to brace for a colder winter than last year.
That means you’ll be paying more to heat your house this winter.
If you think energy-efficiency steps aren’t that big a deal, the founder of Angie’s List says you should think again.
“The average heating and cooling system accounts for about 54 percent of the average home’s total energy costs,” said Angie Hicks. “Even small things can add up to big heating bill savings — and many of them are jobs you can do yourself.”
Angie’s List talked with heating experts to compile several ways to save on your heating bill.
All systems go: Check your furnace filters each month and replace if necessary. An annual furnace checkup from a heating system expert will help detect and fix small problems before they result in a system failure.
Block and tackle: Take a look to be sure you have good airflow around registers and radiators to increase energy efficiency.
Avoid the draft: Sealing up duct leaks with caulk, spray foam and/or weather stripping will stop that. Caulk, seal and weather-strip any drafts around doors and windows.
Solar power: The sun offers free energy that you can tap even without solar panels. Keep your blinds up and the curtains open on a sunny winter day.
Through the roof: Heat rises, which means if you don’t have enough insulation on the ceiling and in the attic, your heat is literally going through the roof. If you can see the floor joists in your attic, you probably don’t have enough insulation. Be sure to get the right R-value for your area.