3 Tips for Home Energy Efficiency in Extreme Cold Winter MonthsJanuary 30, 2014
When it gets cold outside, the heat goes on inside. However, this regularly leads to incredibly high energy bills over the course of the winter months. As this winter has been colder than most on record, and there will probably be other incredibly cold winters in the future, it’s important for your pocketbook to know how to save as much energy as possible and keep your home warm without breaking the bank. Below are 3 tips for energy efficiency in the winter months, this year and in the future.
Seal Your Walls
Make sure there are no cracks in your walls, in corners, joints or around windows. This will allow cold air to seep in and warm air to seep out en masse and is one of the leading reasons energy is wasted in the winter. If you do find cracks, use caulk to fill them and then add insulation within the walls themselves, as this will help to keep heat in and cold air out. Also pay attention to other places where there are technically holes in walls, like outlets and electrical boxes. These can be overlooked areas where hot and cold air flow in and out with regularity and are never properly sealed off.
Get Better Windows
Windows are one of the main places where cold and warm air flow in and out of a house during the winter months and these can lead to real energy inefficiency. Beyond checking the cracks around windows, make sure you have thick panes of glass that won’t allow as much airflow. You may need to actually have these replaced in the summer months, to make sure they are thick enough to keep air in. It’s also important to add insulation around the cracks along the edges of your windows as well.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Your heating system being left on is a real waste of energy in winter months, so the smarter technology that is operating it, the less waste. A Smart Thermostat will turn on and off the heat when necessary, rather than just allowing it to blow endlessly and waste money.