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Winter Energy Saving Tips – More Ways to Save on Your Winter Utility Bill
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More ways to save on your winter utility bill
Get your furnace inspected and tuned up by a heating professional.
Have your home properly insulated and weatherized.
Measure your attic insulation. If you have less than 7 inches of insulation or if it is less than R-38 (the current requirement for new homes), consider upgrading your insulation with spray-foam or batt insulation.
Look for places where air may be leaking through the insulation – you will be able to tell because there will be dirty spots or holes in the existing insulation. Seal the holes by stapling a piece of plastic sheeting over them and caulking around the edges of the plastic.
Additional insulation can be blown into walls, and there are even options for insulating flat roofs, crawl spaces and floors.
Replace any broken window panes and repair any large holes in attics, crawlspaces, or basements.
Seal exposed ductwork. Ductwork sealing can help your system run more efficiently, and also ensures that heated or cooled air gets to where you want it to go. Instead of duct tape, use mastic (available at hardware stores) to seal ductwork. Mastic provides a better seal and lasts longer.
Replace older or loose fireplace dampers. Have a sheet-metal insert installed, which will prevent some heat loss and help reflect heat from the fireplace back into the room.
Consider converting your traditional fireplace to a more efficient pellet or wood-burning stove. Determine your payback time before investing.