Between heat, gas and hot water, winter can add a few pounds to your energy bills. So, learning how to trim your bills down can really save you money, time, and frustration.
Check out some solid tips on staying warm and within budget this winter:
Leaky panels can be a huge problem for most homeowners, but fortunately, the solution is very simple! A tube of caulk, which usually costs around $5, will reduce both your cooling and heating bills by as much as 20%! Another tip is to talk to your installer about the right quantity of flashing (the material applied around the edges of the windows for waterproofing) that you would need.
Cooling and Heating Ducts
During winter, your cooling and heating ducts can leak up to 30%. So, it is extremely important to have them properly sealed. The recommended solution is Aerosel, a process that demands a technician to blow sealant into the duct and fill in cracks from inside. It will cost you approximately $1,500 upfront, but will cut down your annual utility bills by way more in the end.
Your beloved washer might be the one to blame for your bloated bills during the winter. If you can afford to, we recommend buying a new one, costing around $500. Again, it’s quite a bit up front, but because it will use less water and will require way less detergent and energy, it will save you more money in the long run. Be assured that you will notice a drop in your utility bills. Moreover, a brand new washer will be gentler with your garments, allowing them to be preserved for longer.
Insufficient insulation and holes in key places of your home like chimneys, corners, and attic doors, might tremendously increase heating bills. In this case, the solution would be to check the attic floor and discover which places need more insulation or need to be repaired. The bad news is that this requires a good and tedious eye, but the good news is that it’s very inexpensive to fix. For instance, fiberglass insulation costs approximately $1 per square foot. So, regardless of the size, your investment will surely pay off cheaply and timely, because once the insulation has increased, the heating expenses will be reduced by 20%.
Replace Your Heating System
If you own a heating system that is older than fifteen years, you might want to consider updating it as the old features are most likely affecting your energy bills. Here, the ideal answer is to replace it, preferably with an Energy Star-certified model that can cut down your bills up to $200. After you’ve made the change, it will be in your best interest to maintain the entire HVAC system running efficiently, by changing the filter every five months and having it serviced each year.