With the temperatures falling outside, it is that time to start dealing with the rising energy bills that come with the season. The staff at Central Development Group, LLC has put together a few tips that can you help you winterize your home and lower your bills that will not break your bank account.
Cleaning your gutters now will keep the water flowing away from your home. This prevents the buildup of ice or ice dams. When an ice dam gets big enough, melted water backs up behind it and seeps underneath the shingles. Eventually, it will drip into the insulation and down into the ceilings and exterior walls beneath the eave, ruining sheetrock and paint. If the ice dam breaks free, it can pull shingles and gutters off with it, and it will damage anything it falls on: shrubs, windowsills, cars, pets, and people. If the roof sheathing stays wet, it can form mildew and start to rot. While this is not a glamorous job it definitely is a job worth the time.
Cost: If you do it yourself, on your time and sweat.
During the year, sediment and particles will fill the bottom of the hot water heater. This will hinder the efficiency of the hot water heater efficiency. Thus, driving up the bills to use it. It is recommended by many experts to drain it once a year. The internet provides many helpful articles with step by step instructions like this one at the Art of Manliness, How to Drain Your Hot Water Heater
Cost: The cost of refilling the tank and your time.
A simple flip of the switch to have the turn counter-clockwise will push the hot air down from the ceilings. This helps to keep the house warmer.
Cost: Five minutes on a ladder.
It is a simple do-it-yourself fix, change the furnace filters. It will help improve the efficiency and longevity of your systems.
Cost: $2 to $20 depending on the type of filter you choose.
It may not be glamorous to but using insulation film can reduce the loss of heat by up to seventy percent. It is carried in most discount stores as well as in home improvement stores.
Cost: $15 to $25 per kit. Each kit should cover three to five windows.
Placing at draft guard on the bottom of doors going on the bottom of doors that do in/out of the house will help cut back on the cost. A cheap way to help this is an issue is to place a rolled towel along the bottom of the door. Weather stripping will also cut back on the drafts. However, there are also guards made especially for this that can be purchased.
Cost: $ 10 to $15 dollars
There are a couple of other solutions for the winterizing that will help. However, they are may require professional help and are a bit costlier but well worth the investment.
The US Department of Energy reports that you can save up to 1% for each degree you lower the thermostat in the winter. Using programmable thermostats will regulate the heat more proficiently. They also prevent the furnace from running longer or shorter than needed.
Cost: $50 to $150 dollars for the unit plus a house call. Although some say you can do it yourself, we recommend you hire a professional.
For maximum heat retention, fiberglass insulation is recommended especially around the windows, in the basement, and on the floor of your attic. According to some estimates, thermal insulation may reduce residential energy costs by up to 40%.
Cost: $25 to $30 a roll plus gloves. However, again we suggest consulting a professional.