Making your home more airtight is one of the easiest ways to save on home energy costs. In many homes, cracks can become present around the window frames and doors on the outside of the home, which allows heated and cooled air to escape. This energy waste will continue to cost you money, as your heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems must work harder to keep your home at the temperature you desire. By caulking (more…)
During the harsh winter and summer months, our homes become havens for warming up and cooling off. However, our homes and apartment buildings may not be as airtight at we would like. Drafts around windows and doors can release our heated and cooled air out into the environment, and with it goes our hard earned money and wasted energy. By simply caulking up these cracks, you’ll be saving energy and money in no time.
Before your begin to caulk, make sure that the area is clean of debris and grime. Also be sure to scrape away any old caulk before (more…)
Your fireplace is a gathering place for your family, a source of heat and a decorative focal point for the room. When it is hot outside, it stays idle until the fall. You can help your HVAC system during the summer by keeping the damper closed. Wind passing over the chimney creates a suction effect that can draw the homeâ€™s cool air up and out of your home. Your HVAC system has to work harder to make up for the loss.Never heard (more…)
In the modern world, a lot more families are concerned with helping the environment than ever before, and that is a very good thing. One of the best ways to do this is by taking measures to reduce your family’s dependence on traditional energy. If you can’t afford to make the switch to an alternative energy source, there are still things that you can do around the house to lower that energy bill, which will save you money as well as contributing to the environment. One of the (more…)
If you’re not on a home heating plan, then you’re familiar with the spikes in fuel costs that come with winter. Whether you heat your home with oil, natural gas or electricity, one of the first things you can do to lower the cost is to lower your thermostat.
A simple shift of ten degrees at night can lower your bill by as much as 20 percent! Throw an extra comforter on the bed and snuggle in at a cool 58 degrees for the nighttime hours. Studies have shown that (more…)