It is very important to concentrate on maximizing the energy efficiency of your home. This is the best way to realize overall savings, not only on your heating bill but your entire electric bill once summer hits and the air conditioner comes on.
Whether you are building a new home, remodeling an old one or just want to make do with what you have, there are a number of easy ways to increase energy efficiency. Consider boosting your energy efficiency as a way of helping the environment. If you can slash your heating bills, you are reducing your reliance on energy consumption. Here are a few ways to save:
1. Replace Older Heating Systems. Most heating systems are guaranteed to work for about 15 to 20 years although some are quite older. Of course, the older a heating system is, the less efficient it will be. If you can afford it, replace your old heating unit with some more efficient that carries an Energy Star rating. When you cannot afford a new unit, conduct some preventative maintenance on your old one to prolong its usefulness and increase efficiency. Check the air filters; bleed trapped air from the lines; check for build-up debris and clean when necessary. Anything you can do to prevent a breakdown will help with efficiency. Be sure to check the air ducts for any holes and repair them.
2. Repair or replace windows. Many windows in older homes may produce a draft around the window frame. Replace old caulking and weather stripping around the frames. If you can afford it, replace the old windows with new energy-efficient windows. Basically, this means the windows serve to insulate the home keeping the home temperatures in and not letting heat or cold air escape, as well as not allowing the outside temperatures to intrude inside the home.
3. Check your doors. Many doors allow heat to escape and cold temperatures to seep in. You might have to replace weather stripping and do some caulking around the door frames, much like you would do with the windows.
There are a number of ways to improve the energy efficiency in your home so you can slash your heating bills in the winter. The basics of checking windows, doors, heating systems and your thermostat are just the first few lines of defense. Consider asking your electric or gas company (whichever provides the heat in your home) to inspect your home inside and out to bring to your attention the different areas that could use some repair in the energy efficiency department.
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