Want Lower Heating Bills? The Things You Need to Know

Posted by Wattson on Mar 21, 2017

lower heating bills

March may be here, but winter isn’t going to let us out of its grasp any time soon. As usual, winter means spending more on your energy bills in order to keep you and your family warm. But it may feel like that money (and not to mention the heat!) is going straight out the window. Why does it seem like it gets more expensive to heat your home every year? And what steps can you take to lower heating bills overall?

Easy Solutions for Lower Heating Bills

Be a DIY Hero

If you’re the type of person who takes pride in doing things yourself, you’re in luck. There are plenty of ways that you can work to improve your home’s energy efficiency, and therefore bring those bills back down:

  • Weatherproof, weatherproof, weatherproof – More than likely, the air in your home that you are spending your hard-earned money to heat is quickly escaping through cracks in doors or windows. Keep that warm air inside by adding weatherstripping to doors and applying caulking or shrink plastic to windows. You’ll be amazed how much a little weatherproofing can impact your heating bill!
  • Use a door draft stopper – the gaps underneath doors are a perfect escape route for warm air looking for freedom. Stop that air in its tracks by putting a draft stopper on your door. These simple products seal up those gaps, keeping the warm air in and the cold air out. You can buy them in stores or get crafty and make your own.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat – Stop spending money to heat an empty house! Yes, you want your house to be warm when you get home, but if you’re heating it all day long with no one there, you’re wasting energy. The solution is a programmable thermostat. You can set it to lower the temperature when you’re not there and to raise it in time for you to come back to a cozy home. The result is less money spent on heating a whole lot of nothing.

Call for Backup

Do it yourself solutions are great – they can help you reduce your wasted energy, which translates to more money in your pocket. But sometimes, it can be beneficial to call in the pros. With a home energy assessment from Energize CT and Energy Monster, you’ll be well on your way to a warmer house for less money. What exactly is a home energy assessment? And what does in include? Think of it as the first step towards making your home more comfortable and energy efficient. First off, a technician from Energy Monster will inspect your home top to bottom looking for energy efficiency problem areas. Then they perform a blower door test to identify drafts, a duct air leak test to find leaks, and they even test your heating system for safety and efficiency.

But what’s the use of having someone come into your home and list all of the problems with it if they’re not prepared to fix them? You’re in luck– air leak sealing is included in your assessment, too. Your energy adviser will be able to fix leaks in windows, doors, and ducts to ensure that warm air stays inside your home. Once the air leak sealing is complete, your adviser may make some other suggestions, (like adding additional insulation). Energy Monster’s team of advisers are equipped to help fix any problem areas that are uncovered during inspection, and will even help you search and apply for rebates to help cover the cost.

Stop wasting energy and money. Schedule your home energy assessment today so that you can keep more of those hard earned dollars in your wallet.

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