Affordable Home Winterization Tips
Looking for ways to cut your heating bills while on a budget? Aurora Home Inspections has 5 helpful tips to offer to help you keep your home warmer and put a few dollars back in your pocket.
1. Make a Draft Snake.
Struggling with a drafty home? There is a very simple and very affordable solution. All you need is a fabric pouch, or a towel and some sand. Fill the pouch, or roll the towel with sand and place it along the foot of the door. It will keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
2. Bubble Wrap The Windows
It may look a bit strange but bubble wrap makes terrific window insulation. Wrapping your windows with bubble wrap will save you a tremendous amount on your heating bills.
3. Redirect Your Ceiling Fans
This is the simplest trick of them all, yet so many people don’t do it. Changing the direction of your ceiling fan in the winter will add warmth to the home, since the clockwise rotation will push the rising warm air down. Doing this alone could cut your heating bills by 10%.
4. Program Your Thermostat
Don’t waste heat when no one is home, or while you are sleeping wrapped up in blankets. Turning the heat down to 50-55 degrees can take your heating costs down as much as 10%. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat will allow you to accomplish this everyday without ever having to think about it.
5. Lower the Water Heater Temp
Have you ever adjusted the default setting on your hot water heater? Most people never do. A typical water heater will have the temperature set at 140 degrees. However, setting the water heater at 120 degrees instead will yield an additional 6-10% on heating costs and will still be a very comfortable water temperature.
Just doing these 5 simple affordable home winterization tips will create a significant amount of energy savings and efficiency in your home.
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